As Featured in Teachers College online / April 21, 2009
One of John Merrow’s first assignments as a reporter for National Public Radio was to cover a textbook burning in West Virginia. The experience wasn’t quite what he’d expected.
“The stereotype of West Virginia is of backwoods folks marrying their sisters, but these were earnest people who wanted to be listened to, and they deserved more than to be caricatured – you don’t hear anything when you caricature,” recounts the veteran journalist, who will deliver the keynote address at TC’s Academic Festival this coming Saturday. “But the liberal establishment was coming down on any effort to open the curriculum in any way. Over the years I think the liberals are as a big a part of the problem as anyone. They’ve been essentially humorless and smug.”
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