The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership

John Merrow


The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership

The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership

  • Title: The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership
  • Author: John Merrow
  • ISBN: 9780615431727
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback



How can schools and teachers change to keep up with the current educational landscape, a world in which young people must learn how to ask the right questions, not merely parrot back the right answers In this urgent and insightful book, John Merrow draws on his experience as a reporter for PBS and NPR to examine this question and others, and offer possibilities and soluHow can schools and teachers change to keep up with the current educational landscape, a world in which young people must learn how to ask the right questions, not merely parrot back the right answers In this urgent and insightful book, John Merrow draws on his experience as a reporter for PBS and NPR to examine this question and others, and offer possibilities and solutions for a new education system Told through warm storytelling and compelling case studies, Merrow paints a vibrant and inspiring picture of why and how we must transform not reform our schools.


Recent Comments "The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership"

I was really hoping to get this book through the free giveaways and I did! I am a teacher myself and liked what I read here, most teachers would agree with what Merrow puts forth in his discussion. There is a lot of charter vs. public school debate as well as merit pay and the rest of the current issues in education. One aspect of the debate that always seems to get left out of the discussion is parochial schools. I teach at one and have yet to have seen any studies that talk about what they hav [...]

John Merrow's The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership is a valuable resource for anyone interested or involved in the great endeavor of public education. His writing is concise and unapologetically incisive, in addition to covering the most salient and controversial topics within education today. This little book, therefore, is a great primer for those new to the field, as well as an essential review for those embedded already within it.Merrow has a way of getting right [...]

Merrow is a likable narrator, and I enjoyed many of the anecdotes. Sometimes, I also strongly agreed with his conclusions -- for example, he writes:"Denying that there's any connection between teaching and learning contradicts what experience teaches us, and flies in the face of common sense. If unions are telling us that there's no connection between teaching and learning, why support teachers, or public education for that matter?"At that point, Merrow gets at the absurdity of the (false) idea [...]

Meandering and unfocused, this poorly structured book adds little to the conversation on education. It has the dryness of academic texts without their insight and expertise; its lack of persuasiveness is likely in part due to Merrow's inability to form a cohesive argument. By the end, it's still unclear where he falls on the spectrum.

Finally--a book that covers the major problems facing teachers and education today, without trashing teachers. This is uplifting, thought-provoking, provocative. If you teach or care about education, this is the book to read.

"Marginal education produces dangerous schools". I adore this man - from PBS to Lehrer's NewsHour he knows and seen it all, and reflects it so soundly in this book.

I really enjoyed reading this book. very neutral view points along with opinions.

This book poses some interesting ideas to ponder about teaching, education and what is happening in today's classrooms.

Merrow gives a decent overview of the current debate about education reform, but the book meanders a lot. He needed a better editor.


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