Critics on the right and the left are saying that Arne Duncan is “meddling" in schools. They accuse him of acting like the nation’s School Superintendent and not the U.S. Secretary of Education. Is he overstepping boundaries?
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).
New tests are being developed to assess the new standards. Will these tests be able to measure reading critically, listening carefully and working collaboratively, in addition to math and English? What happens if they don’t?