When the blog started, I hoped to give a balanced opinion on education issues from a local level. I just didn’t think that there were enough sources out there. For instance, I love Substance, but I wouldn’t call it impartial. It has a viewpoint and it’s a viewpoint I live very much, but it’s definitely pro-union. By the same token, some sources like the Sun-Times have some great reporters, but will always fall back on the company line in the editorial section and other areas of the paper. I won’t even get into the Tribune.
I think the detached observer thing where I printed sources I disagreed with was gone by the end of the first week. This is my attempt to give you education news that I find important from a mostly local perspective and definitely it’s advocacy journalism. I’ve been really happy with the stories that we broke, particularly the Michelle Obama Let’s Move Debacle and the banning of Persepolis.
The one place I haven’t been happy is in creating and active discussion forum. I do wonder if my obvious viewpoint leads to readership who shares that viewpoint and that creates a lack of discussion. In any event, I would like to encourage people to post and also, if there is anything you’d like to see from this space, let me know. I sometimes wonder if I should have more national stories like the one I’m sharing tonight from New York.
“Local unions can fight the Common Core if our national and state unions will not take up our cause. The testing issue outrage started locally and is finally getting traction at higher levels. We can do the same with the Common Core.”
“Unlike the charter management company’s bid to open a school in Bowmanville, where the plan was met with vocal opposition from community groups and Ald. Pat O’Connor (40th), Concept’s plans have flown under the radar — until they made headlines after the group’s zoning proposal was killed, then put back on, the agenda of a recent zoning committee meeting.”
“These two strategies have not ever worked and will not work in the future. And to tie all, one hundred per cent, of our efforts to both of these dead ends–willy-nilly charter promotion and baseless status-quo “education reform,” will only result in continual failurefor decades to come.”
“In any event, the teachers at Lab are protected from such intrusions thanks to the “Academic Freedom” clause of their contract, which reads: “Academic freedom shall mean that teachers are free to present instructional materials which are pertinent to the subject and level taught.”