The Benwood Foundation, in partnership with The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies and CreateHere will continue the 2009 George T. Hunter Lecture Series with John Merrow’s presentation March 3, 7 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and it is on a first-come first-served basis.
Merrow is the education correspondent for the “NewsHour” with Jim Lehrer. He is the author of Choosing Excellence and has been a frequent contributor to NPR and National op-ed pages on education issues. Merrow will speak about his observations regarding the progress of public education in the United States.
Merrow began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio in 1974, when he created ‘Options in Education.’
A frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of many newspapers, including USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Education Week, Merrow is the author of “Choosing Excellence” (Scarecrow, 2001) and co-editor of Declining by Degrees (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2005).
Merrow is a former junior high and high school teacher, and is the founder of Learning Matters, the non-profit organization he founded in 1995, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching at Stanford.