What are the educational issues facing our nation today?  Many say America has lost its edge, its entrepreneurial ‘can do’ spirit.  Our country no longer leads the world in reading, math or science scores.  The numbers of engineering graduates has declined.  Our industry lacks skilled workers.  Our jobs are being out sourced.  The cost of education is way up while at the same time so is the dropout rate.  What’s wrong with this picture?  Is our country on the decline?  Are our colleges and the educational system to blame?  What can be done?  John Merrow will challenge us to explore these questions throughout the weekend as the opening speaker of the Morrill Symposium.


John MerrowEducation Correspondent for NPR, PBS and the Merrow Report

Merrow began as an education reporter with NPR in 1974 and received the George Polk Award in 1982. Since 1984 he has been an Education Correspondent for The PBS NewsHour and hosted The Merrow Report, receiving Peabody Awards in 2000 & 2006, Emmy nominations in 1984, 2005, & 2007, and four CINE Golden Eagles. He is currently President of Learning Matters and scholar-in-residence at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching at Stanford. A frequent contributor to major newspapers and magazines, he is the author of Choosing Excellence (2001).