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Best education blogs for 2010

Here we go. My blogging Post colleague Valerie Strauss of The Answer Sheet and I realize the weight of our decisions on the best education blogs for this year. These choices will undoubtedly alter the course of the Internet. We sought a mix of the serious and the sublime. We disqualified the legendary ed blogs we already display in the margins of our own blogs.

We divvied up the descriptions, but we both endorse every selection. I said earlier this week, as the excitement mounted, that once you have reviewed our choices, you are obliged tell us where we went wrong. There is always next year.


A Passion for Teaching and Opinions
ukiahcoachbrown.blogspot.com
By a northern California teacher and coach, one of the best written and most interesting of teacher blogs. Good with an expletive, like my favorite coaches, he often makes me laugh.--Jay.

Assorted Stuff
www.assortedstuff.com
The blogger is a Fairfax County schools tech guy who kicks me around frequently, thus getting extra points--Jay.



Charter Insights
charterinsights.blogspot.com
Fun to read, very droll, focuses mostly on Colorado but has some national insights.--Jay

Free Tech 4 Teachers
www.freetech4teachers.com
I am not qualified to judge ed tech blogs, but we need to have some. Many readers mentioned these guys, and they seem smart and vivid.--Jay


Educated Reporter
www.educatedreporter.com/
Author and former Washington Post reporter Linda Perlstein is public editor for the Education Writers Association. Her writing is aimed at helping journalists improve coverage of schools and children but is accessible to non-journalists as well.--Valerie

Education Policy Blog
educationpolicyblog.blogspot.com
Smart educators, including local classroom star Ken Bernstein, a.k.a. teacherken. They debate everything from school lunches to standards. --Jay


Education Week--Bridging Differencesblogs.edweek.org/edweek/Bridging-Differences
[Bias alert] I'm on the Edweek board. I correspondent frequently with these two bloggers, Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier. But they may be the most knowledgeable and articulate education experts in the country, so I am ignoring the conflict of interest.--Jay

Eduoptimists
http://eduoptimists.blogspot.com/
A professor of education and a director of education policy take in-depth looks at "the power of sociey, schools, colleges and educators to empower individuals, further learning, and reduce inequities ... and have a little fun along the way." -- Valerie

GFBrandenburg's Blog
gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com
This blogger loathes the D.C. schools chancellor, so his work is instructive for Rhee fans like me. He is terrific with statistics and a dogged reporter.

Inside School Research with Debra Viadero
blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/
Veteran education reporter Debra Viadero of Education Week knows how to dig into research on schools and learning and tell us whether it makes sense or not. Her posts are informative and lively.--Valerie

My Bellringers
www.mybellringers.blogspot.com
Here are the tart observations of a Texas teacher and author. She has been flogging her book lately, but what's wrong with that? --Jay

National Journal
www.education.nationaljournal.com
A well-rounded blog that presents a wide of voice on all aspects of education policy.-- Valerie

New America Foundation blogs
http://education.newamerica.net/home
http://earlyed.newamerica.net/blogmain
http://edmoney.newamerica.net/blogmain
http://higheredwatch.newamerica.net/blogmain
Early Ed Watch, Higher Ed Watch, Ed Money Watch all offer informative and original reporting and analysis on their respective subjects.--Valerie

Public School Insights
www.publicschoolinsights.org
Sponsored by a consortium of districts, the Learning First Alliance, this site has a very smart and interesting blogger who ranges wide over the country.--Jay


Schoolgate
timesonline.typepad.com/schoolgate/
Journalist Sarah Ebner helps readers understand what she calls "the maze" of Britain’s education system. --Valerie

Stories From School
www.storiesfromschool.org/
National Certified teachers tell stories about how policy decisions impact learning and teaching. -- Valerie

The Quick and the Ed
www.quickanded.com/
The blog of the independent think tank Education Sector offers unorthodox analysis on the latest in education policy and research on a range of education subjects.-- Valerie

The Line
theline.edublogs.org
Smart, funny comments by a 7th grade teacher, Dina Strasser, who writes very well. -- Jay


The Teachers Desk
http://www.theteachersdesk.com/
By teacher Jacqueline McTaggert, this is a place where teachers share ideas and opinions--and parents can stop by too. McTaggert has some fun features, including "Dunce Cap," where she dishonors somebody every month for doing something dumb, and "Gold Star," where she gives praise where praise is due.-- Valerie

This Week in Education
scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/
Journalist and former Senate education staffer Alexander Russo writes about everything happening in education news and politics. Always something new to learn.--Valerie


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By Jay Mathews  | January 15, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
Categories:  Trends  | Tags:  Best education blogs, Deborah Meier, Diane Ravitch, Jay Mathews, Ken Bernstein, Linda Perlstein, Valerie Strauss  
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Comments

Jay - Maybe you and Brandenburg can have a back-and-forth sometime about your reasons for loving/loathing Rhee. It would make for a lively article. You'd probably get lots of hits.

Posted by: efavorite | January 15, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Well, okay. But the list represents teachers, professors, journalists--what about the parent perspective? And I was hoping to discover more bloggers who are closely following our local schools--blogs like The More Child and Parents Coalition. A lot of us are more concerned with "DMV" than we are with Colorado, or Britain!
--Sue (@PIAparent)

Posted by: SusanKatzMiller | January 15, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Well, I repost my suggestion;
Steve Woods'
Educator's News
http://www.mathdittos2.com/ednews/index.html

Posted by: edlharris | January 15, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Good suggestions. Keep them coming.

Posted by: Jay Mathews | January 15, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

There are lots of great ed-tech blogs out there. My absolute favorite is Teach Paperless http://teachpaperless.blogspot.com/

Kathleen Kennedy Manzo
Education Week
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/

Posted by: kmanzo | January 15, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

You forgot Eduwonk. This blogger represents the negative view many Americans have towards teachers and reminds us of the primary reason our system of education is less than stellar. As long as many citizens look down on teaching as a career we'll have difficulty attracting "the best and the brightest" into the profession.

Posted by: Linda/RetiredTeacher | January 15, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

For LindaRetiredTeacher. You will notice that Eduwonk is one of the legendary blogs I mentioned in my intro who were disqualified because they are permanently installed on the list in the left margin of this blog. I like Andy Rotherham and quote him often.

Posted by: Jay Mathews | January 15, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I did read your opening paragraph but I didn't know who was listed in the margins.

I like Rotherman too. Whenever anyone asks why our educational system isn't what it should be, I tell them to read his blog. His attitude towards teachers tells us all we need to know.

Posted by: Linda/RetiredTeacher | January 15, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse


thanks for including me, valerie and jay -- but that won't stop me from coming up with my own irascible critique of your list:

http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2010/01/media-washington-posts-best-blog-2010-hits-misses.html

you left out some good ones, and included some folks who are too staid and long past their expiration date.

but still, thanks.

/ alexander @thisweekineducation

Posted by: alexanderrusso | January 16, 2010 3:02 AM | Report abuse

I prefer http://detentionslip.org

The motto "Rocking the education world one discipline case at a time" pretty much sums it up. Plus, it's a great read!

Posted by: sweetchuckd | January 16, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I'll let these blogs speak for themselves:

http://jtspencer.blogspot.com/

http://doyle-scienceteach.blogspot.com/

http://halpey1.blogspot.com/2010/01/rise-up.html

I have an education blog, too, but its audience is intended for middle school students; something you may want to consider are those blogs that students read and interact with.

Posted by: ReadMcReady | January 17, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the inclusion of the Education Optimists. A nice surprise!

The link you provided is broken however - includes an extra html in the URL code.

http://eduoptimists.blogspot.com/

Posted by: liam25 | January 19, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I am very grateful to have been included; thanks. And I'd just like to say to Susan Katz Miller above that School Gate, although British, is very much written from the parental point of view and much of it is (I hope!) universal.
Thanks again,
Sarah (School Gate)

Posted by: sarahebner | January 26, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

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