Peg Tyre

Peg Tyre left Newsweek magazine in May 2008 after seven years of covering education and social issues. She is the author of a New York Times best seller, The Trouble with Boys (Crown 2008), which grew out of a Newsweek cover story on the achievement gap between boys and girls. Tyre is also the co-author of Two Seconds Under the World (Crown 1995) and the winner of numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for her work at Newsday where she worked from 1989-95. She was an on-air correspondent for CNN from 1995 to 1999.

A graduate of Brown University, Tyre used her year at Columbia to research and develop a book on who is “gifted” when it comes to education and who is likely to succeed and what role resiliency plays in the process. A major goal of Tyre’s proposal was to produce a work that will help the stakeholders – parents, teachers, principals, administrators and policy makers – to expand their views about what a “gifted” child looks like and “help the education community better leverage the human capital in its care.”

In the course of her year at Columbia, Tyre’s research altered her original focus. By year’s end, she signed a book deal for a project that is (thankfully) not going to be about KIPP or TFA or the Harlem Children’s Zone or Michelle Rhee or Green Dot or Race To The Top.  It’s a parent-friendly book tentatively called The Good School: How To Get The Children We Love The Education They Deserve, and will be published by Holt. It follows Tyre’s bestselling book from a couple of years ago, The Trouble With Boys, which spent two weeks on the NYT bestseller list and was featured in People, Redbook, USNews,  According to Tyre, the new book will be about “what education research says makes a good school and is aimed squarely at parents of prek -8th grade kids.”

Published Work:

The Writing Revolution
The Atlantic
The Good School
August 16, 2011, Henry Holt Publishers
A’s for Good Behavior
The New York Times Week in Review
How will the Common Core Initiative Impact the Testing Industry?
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Watch How You Hold That Crayon
The New York Times
The Writing Revolution
Atlantic Monthly
Winner of EWA Magazine Feature, First Prize