When I “launched” this blog in mid-April I had no clue what to expect. Probably the biggest reason being that at age 72 I am more than baffled by the world of hand-held electronics and what is called “social media.”
I do not text or tweet. I have a Facebook page because the good ladies, and former high school classmates, planning our last reunion in 2011 insisted that I “just had to have one.” But I don’t look at it, don’t understand what all the fuss is about, and hit delete every time my computer says someone wants to be my friend. All I do with my cell phone is talk on it. I don’t take pictures or movies with it and don’t have an app that turns on the TV before I get home or whatever.
My reason for blogging is to simply take the opportunity to give folks in Alabama a better understanding of what is going on, largely out of sight, with public educati0n. For reasons I do not understand, our media has shown little interest in doing the research and digging out the numbers that connect many of the dots between what our legislature is doing with public education and the influence of outside groups and money. I think it is a story worth telling.
I have written a great deal about the Alabama Accountability Act, even to the point some probably ask, “Why does he continue to beat that dead horse?”
And I will continue to do so for the simple reason that AAA is a much, much larger story than most realize. It is not a story about an isolated piece of legislation that should be taken for only what it does. Instead, it was the first shot in a war in this state intent on harming public education, and consequently, the more than 730,000 child who attend public schools. AAA was not the war–it was just a battle.
Judging from the stats I review each day about the blog posts that are being read most often, most of the readers who stop by are VERY interested in this topic as well. And I find it very interesting that many of those who send me emails of concern are retired educators who are dismayed at what they see happening in schools across the state. As well as in the attitudes of our legislative policy makers.
The first week this little site was up and running, a grand total of 61 “hits” came its way. But I am happy to report that in the week that ends today (June 21) more than 2,300 “hits” have been recorded. My sincerest thanks to everyone who has visited and to those who have spread the word about the blog on Facebook and twitter. (As I said above, I have no clue what they do, but I appreciate it.)
I encourage you to give me feedback. What topics do you want to know about? I have no crystal ball, just intuition. And I would like to know if you think I’m on the right track, or am totally missing what you consider to be important.
Thanks for dropping by. Thanks for telling others. Hope to hear from you.