As best I can determine, there are somewhere between one and two jillion blogs about education on the internet. They cover the waterfront so to speak. Some are very specific as to how to deal with certain teaching issues, or how to work with certain students, while some are given to pontificating about the education “ills” they perceive. Some are for it, some are against it. Whatever your pleasure, chances are good that you can find a fellow traveler who has a blog.
Here are the ones I most frequent, in no particular order.
Diane Ravitch’s Blog–Dr. Ravitch is a widely-recognized education historian, an assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education under the first President Bush, and a very out-spoken opponent of many of the issues touted today as “ed reform.” This blog has a huge following (I’ve been told 25,000 hits per day) and consequently, Ravitch receives information from all across the country which she shares on her site. Because of this, her blog is a virtual clearinghouse of what is happening in education. If you want to keep up-to-speed on an array of issues, this blog will help immensely.
The Answer Sheet–This is a blog by Valerie Strauss on the Washington Post. Like Ravitch, Strauss does a good job of covering a range of education topics and providing background material. However, after a certain number of views you must subscribe to continue reading.
Alabama School Connection–If you are looking for in-depth info on Alabama education issues, bookmark this blog by my friend Trish Crain in Birmingham. She is an excellent researcher and provides very useful insight into not only what is happening, but why and to what detail. She is tireless in her efforts at gathering facts and figures.
Mr. Brandon’s School Bus–Anyone interested in education should bookmark this site. Tom Brandon is a teacher/school bus driver in Madison County and shares wonderful little tales about the kids he hauls to and from school each day. A visit to this site is guaranteed to being a smile to your face, and maybe even a chuckle or two. Tom does a wonderful job of reminding us what education is really all about. And Diane Ravitch just shared Tom’s blog site with all of her readers.
Happy reading and researching.