Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership
I just finished reading my free (from VIVA) copy of John Merrow's new book The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership. Overall, the book echoes my sentiments that both parties currently receiving a lot of media attention (Save Our Schools-ers and Bottom Line-ers) are taking the wrong approach to truly fixing our public schools. Maintaining the status quo is obviously not doing much to improve public schools. I also don't believe that asking very high performing, enthusiastic teachers in low-performing schools, without doing anything to change the profession as a whole - to fight against the stagnation and isolation that pervades even top-performing schools - is a long term solution. So, cheers to John Merrow for agreeing with me... just kidding. I really enjoyed reading his book from cover to cover, and I encourage others to read it as well.