Help pick the best education blogs of 2009
I have put out a best education blogs list the last two years, but I wasn't a blogger myself then, and really didn't know what I was doing. Now that I face personally, each day, the pressures of being both interesting and true, I face this responsibility reborn, determined to make this the golly-whiz best list of the best education blogs ever. Fortunately Valerie Strauss, czarina of the Post's The Answer Sheet blog, has agreed to be my colleague in this venture. Now we need your help.
Please send us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Valerie will select ten and I will select a different 10 for our 2009 list of 20 best blogs, which we hope to post by December. You will note a list of eleven blogs on the left side column of this blog. They are previous winners of this incredible honor, and so will remain posted there forever and are not eligible for the new list. I plan to add my ten selections to that left hand column, and make each annual contest a search for blogs we have not celebrated before.
What qualities will impress us? I can't speak for Valerie, but I have a weak spot for blogs that target me as the spawn of the devil and consign me to a different circle of hell every week. People with egos as inflated as mine love the idea of being heckled. In our twisted view of reality, it proves we exist. Here is a good example of what I talking about, by Kenneth Libby, writing for the Schools Matter blog run by Jim Horn, my favorite tormentor. Libby was responding to my recent request for suggestions for a warning I might post whenever I am writing on a topic about which I have strong views:
"'Class Struggle' is dedicated to sweeping all dialogue about poverty, economic injustice, and social inequity under the rug in favor of discussing test scores, the saintliness of KIPP, corporate missionaries from TFA, and a litany of other quick-fix education programs and test-happy pedagogical approaches. Show me a test and I'll pump it; heck, the newspaper I write for pulls in the majority of its profits from Kaplan (do you really think I'd bite the hand that feeds me?). Visit 'Class Struggle' any time you want a puff piece on DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee, a sanitized version of charter chaingangs, or just a little bit of reassurance about the legitimacy of the testing regime known as No Child Left Behind. Happy testing, kids!"
In my view, that is the work of an A-plus, 2400-on-the-SAT blog. See if you can find more like it, or failing that, whatever works for you.
| November 4, 2009; 5:30 AM ET
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