In The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership, John Merrow paints a vivid picture of what goes on in our schools and what needs to change. This book is an accessible, invaluable guide to the complex issues of today, providing anecdotes which elucidate hot topics such as teacher training, merit pay, tenure, unions, charter schools and leadership.
One of the most respected education journalists in America, John Merrow has been reporting for NPR and PBS since 1974, and that unparalleled access informs this book. He talks frankly with leaders like Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein, walks the halls with students of all ages, and forces us all to think about the challenges of today’s education system. Through powerful storytelling and compelling case studies, Merrow paints a vibrant and inspiring picture of why and how we must transform — not reform — our schools.
You can view a video tribute to the book from long-time Merrow friend and colleague Jim Lehrer of PBS NewsHour below: