Tom Toch from The Brookings Institution, takes a look at why parents are turning away from the country's largest and most influential parents' organization.
Reports by John Merrow
John Merrow is currently Education Correspondent for PBS NewsHour and President of Learning Matters. He began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio nearly 40 years ago with the weekly series, Options in Education, for which he received the George Polk Award in 1982. In subsequent years, he expanded into broadcast television, documentaries, and print. In 2012, he became the first journalist to receive the prestigious McGraw Prize in Education.
He has received George Foster Peabody Awards for School Sleuth: The Case of An Excellent School (2000) and Beyond Borders: Personal Stories from a Small Planet (2006), Emmy nominations in 1984, 2005, and 2007, four CINE Golden Eagles, numerous awards from the Education Writers Association and more. An occasional contributor to USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Education Week, he is the author of The Influence of Teachers (2011), Choosing Excellence (2001) and co-editor of Declining by Degrees (2005).
Author and psychiatrist Julia Lewis talks about the unexpected long term effect of divorce on young people's lives, and what parents and schools can do to help kids through the experience.
Father Richard John Neuhaus, President of The Institute on Religion and Public Life and Editor-in-Chief of First Things and Marc Stern, Legal Counsel for the American Jewish Congress, debate what should be the role of religion in public schools.