The “Common Core” is a national experiment that could produce a sea change in education. In Part One of this two-part series, we look at how the new standards, which emphasize skills like reading critically, listening carefully and working collaboratively, are likely to change classrooms in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
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).
John King talks about the Common Core State Standards, teaching to the test and why he believes the Tea Party, which opposes the Common Core, has it wrong.
As state chief of Indiana schools, Tony Bennett implemented an A-F grading system for schools - but when a donor's charter school was about to get a low grade, Bennett scrambled to figure out how to improve it. John Merrow appeared on MSNBC to discuss.
Dolly Parton was raised in a small cabin in East Tennessee with just one book. That’s why she wants children to have books in their homes. She started giving away books 17 years ago. Today, many kids think of her as “The Book Lady” who also happens to sing.
Famed country music star Dolly Parton talks about her passion for reading and how her childhood inspired her to create The Imagination Library, a book program for children.