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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 11/ 4/2009

The 2009 Education Blog Contest

By Valerie Strauss

My incomparable colleague Jay Mathews--czar of Class Struggle and author extraordinaire, has put out a best education blogs list for the last two years. Now we are doing it together.

When he started the list, neither of us were bloggers. Now that we each face the daily pressures of being both interesting and true, we face this responsibility reborn, determined to make this the best list of the best education blogs. Ever. In history.

So tell us your favorites, and what it is that keeps you going back. Please send us at or to me or as comments to this post, the web addresses of no more than three of the best education blogs you know. Tell us in a just a few words why you like each one.

Jay and I will select a different 10 for our 2009 list of 20 best blogs, which we hope to post by December. I have a list of blogs on the right hand side of this blog; if you want to include them, that's fine, but give us three that are not listed as well.

What qualities will impress us? Jay has a weakness for blogs that target him, as he says, "as the spawn of the devil." I like those too--the ones that target Jay as the spawn of the devil. I also like blogs that tell me something new, or something old in a new way, or something old that just needs to be repeated (such as that school reform that doesn't take poverty into consideration is doomed to failure).

We await your submissions. Thanks in advance.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 4, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Tags:  education blogs  
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Posted by: tfteacher | November 4, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Good writing on interesting legal issues related to education. It's new but very promising.

I agree with almost everything Kevin Carey says. Almost...

Posted by: princess_buttercup | November 5, 2009 1:44 AM | Report abuse
The English Department of a school - lots of podcasts, book recommendations, poems, stories, essays, links, help for teachers and more.

Posted by: jgirdham | November 5, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

There are several, but one that I read every day and learn from is Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer. Wesley is certainly a forward thinker when it comes to education and makes me think every day!! In fact, I think he should be in charge!!

Posted by: cyndidannerkuhn | November 5, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I really like this blog. It provides more in-depth analysis of education issues than any other blog. no where else can you get so many expert opinions on the same issue in one place. Definately top 10 material.

Posted by: jontyrichshea | November 5, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

The National Journal Education

The Education Gadfly


Posted by: cbdc08 | November 6, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Erm..."I have a list of blogs on the right hand side of this blog;"
I see an ad for Yahoo where the list should be...maybe because I am accessing from outside the US?

In any case
1) decidedly skewed toward using tech in the classroom...Jane's elearning pick of the day (daily suggestion of a tool to use)
2) Theoretical look at university education: Tomorrow's professor
3) I agree with princess_buttercup above: The Quick and the Ed, for good writing.

Posted by: tokyokevin | November 8, 2009 2:33 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: bwesterh | November 8, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Teach Online, a 2-yr old blog with everything about teaching online, from professional experience to using technology and even safety and security for teachers and students.

Posted by: virtualprofessor | November 9, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Great for the High School history teacher looking for fresh ideas!

Posted by: jpcousinstuff | November 9, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

recently hired as a TIS, here is my website that I will share that has information for integrating technology in the classroom....please comment.

Posted by: MZ557 | November 9, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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