Monday, February 18, 2008

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Eduwonkette is to the world of policy blogs what the Lost Season 2 DVD extras are to the fans of well-written TV. She has created a web outlining the interconnectivity of leading education reform/ advocacy/ policy organizations. Check out the comment section, and the reactions of K.Carey and A.Rotherham, which seem like textbook cases of doth protesting too much.

In the interest of tongue-in-cheek disclosure, I've cashed (small) checks from three of these organizations, and hope to cash (larger) checks from a fourth sooner rather than later, but I think the interconnectivity of these groups is less about string-pulling old men in back rooms, and more about that feeling Cheers made famous. Sometimes you want go where you can skip the ideological foreplay performed on a tightrope, and just talk about doing and fixing.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Caroline said...

Hendrik Herzberg in the New Yorker recently described "the conservative infrastructure of think tanks and policy journals." That whole structure could be included in the web too.

I like this point from Oakland Unified parent activist Sharon Higgins, which I quoted in the www.sfschools.org blog:

"...ignorance causes people to concoct unrealistic and simplistic solutions that they believe will fix the problems. The solutions that have become current educational policies are ineffective, inadequate and destructive."

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