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January 08, 2007

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Chris Lehmann

Honestly, I don't find myself agreeing with Matthews all that often, so I can't be all that surprised that I don't agree with his blog choices. There are one or two on there that I particularly find shrill and dogmatic, and I'm rather disappointed that Matthews would consider really a polarizing, attacking blog to be the best that we in the ed-world have to offer.

Graham Wegner

Christian, I'd echo Chris's thoughts here. Although I'm not totally in tune with the US education system, I found number 3 on that list is one of the nastiest, anti-teacher blogs I've ever encountered whilst pushing its own restrictive agenda. Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach posted the same list and I've expressed my same concerns in her comments there.

Brett

I'd have to respectfully disagree regarding D-Ed Reckoning. Sure, he's blunt, but I wouldn't characterize him as anti-teacher; instead, I'd characterize him as pro-research-based instruction.

Diana Laufenberg

Regarding D-Ed Reckoning... and the reference that the site is pro-research based instruction... I disagree. The contributors appear to not be in education... which means that they bring a completely different perspective. I spent awhile on the site, looking for something that struck me as productive. I read the last few posts, which had several references that teachers needed to stop whining and start doing their jobs better, that the reason schools are failing is because the teachers are "not teaching effectively". The simplicity of the argument is lacking insight or consideration of the changing nature of education today. In a response to a commenter deRosa wrote

"My job as a patent attorney is to learn new technology quickly and become sufficiently knowledgable to write about. Learning about education was easy compared to learning about encryption algorithms, automatic transmissions, and all the other crap I have to learn about."

IMHO, education and teaching is not something you learn about by 'studying' it. Learning about education is never done, teaching is a profession that requires one to retool, re-envision and re-assess time and again.

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