Addicted to Reform: A 12-Step Program to Rescue Public Education

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5.8 X 1.2 X 8.3 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author
John Merrow recently retired as education correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. He founded and until 2015 was the president of Learning Matters, a nonprofit media company. In 2012 Merrow became the first journalist to win the prestigious McGraw Prize in Education. He lives with his wife in New York City and his books include Addicted to Reform (The New Press), Choosing Excellence, Declining by Degrees, and The Influence of Teachers.
Praise for Addicted to Reform
"The real-world examples and Merrow's passion shine through allowing readers to envision a potential future for education."
--Library Journal

"From an award-winning career as an education correspondent, Merrow (The Influence of Teachers, 2011, etc.) sees a nation desperately in need of recovery from addiction to testing and pouring good money after bad."
--Kirkus Reviews

"As a lifelong advocate for progressive, child-centered education, I feel strongly that twenty-first-century schools must equip all students to participate in our great democracy and in today's changing world. John Merrow sets forth twelve sensible steps to accomplish that goal, and his clear blueprint also contains entertaining and inspiring stories from his distinguished career."
--Richard Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education

"Finally someone has the courage to bar the door, stare them down, and do an intervention on the stumbling school reformers still clinging to their cocktail of privatize, standardize, and de-professionalize. John Merrow reveals the destructive truth behind these toxic reforms, and his twelve steps lead to the sacred purpose of education: to humanize connections; to deepen understanding; to know how to form a fine question and question your own conclusions. This is a good book. You should read it. Twice."
--Lilly Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association

"Addicted to Reform is a wise set of lessons that will inform parents, educators, and policy makers about the challenges facing American education."
--Diane Ravitch, author of Reign of Error

"John Merrow cuts through the mythologies surrounding school reform and the madness of the testing craze, as well as the dangerous privatizing drive, with a sharp edge of seasoned insight and delectable irreverence. A valuable book from a guy who's seen it all."
--Jonathan Kozol, author of Fire in the Ashes and Savage Inequalities

"If you think you've read all you need about education reform, think again. Addicted to Reform is brilliantly written and contains an insightful analysis of the chronic failure of education reforms in the United States. With a book that is enjoyable, inspirational, and important, John Merrow reclaims his place as a leading proponent of change in American public education."
--Pasi Sahlberg, author of Finnish Lessons

"Pulling no punches, John Merrow lays out the deficiencies of American efforts at school reform and explains what needs to be done--provided we have the wits and the will to do so."
--Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"John Merrow's twelve-step program provides a sober, thoughtful, practical way to revitalize public education and, in doing so, strengthen our democracy."
--Herbert Kohl, author and educator

Praise for John Merrow's The Influence of Teachers
"A warm and thoughtful tribute to teachers, as well as a call to action from the Dean of American Education Reporters...both important and enjoyable."
--Richard Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education

Praise for John Merrow's Choosing Excellence
"Common sense and an uncommon shrewdness intermix in the good counsel that [Merrow] offers here."
--Jonathan Kozol

"An outstanding assessment of the current state of the nation's schools."
--Publishers Weekly

"Sophisticated, thoughtful, and down-to-earth."
--Deborah Meier, author of The Power of Their Ideas

Praise for John Merrow:
"Nobody reports on the treasures and traumas of public education better than John Merrow. He is, quite simply, the leading education journalist in America."
--Jim Lehrer, former anchor for PBS NewsHour