Remembering September 11th
I wasn't sure what to post on September 11th, because at the heart of it, this isn't a political blog, and despite the fact that the cataclysmic events of last year had an effect on almost every part of American (and world) society, I can't claim that the topic of standardized testing was too affected by it. SAT critics and wrong-headed educrats were with us before September 11th, and they're still with us now. What's more, there are many other bloggers, with more powerful voices than I, who have done an amazing job of posting something today that is haunting, or hopeful, or bittersweet. I refer you to John Paczkowski, and Asparagirl, and Cut on the Bias, and Samizdata, and James Lileks, if impressive September 11th musings are what you're after.
I can say, however, that I was inspired to start this blog during the during the post-September-11th time when political blogs sprung up everywhere, like mushrooms after the rain. It seemed that an awful lot of people, real journalists and ordinary folk alike, were not happy with what was happening in the world, nor with what they were hearing on CNN, and they were determined to put have their say. After reading several hundred or so of these blogs, I was inspired to start my own.
So even though the content of this blog was inspired by my psychometric knowledge and the reams of public testing misinformation that I wanted to correct, the actual existence of this blog is because of the numerous intelligent, funny people who are using their blogs to gripe about their respective school systems, push for more realistic education reform, and generally make fun of the politicians and activists who make boneheaded comments about the direction in which our schools, and thus our country, should be moving.
So, I figured I'd give this last bit of space today to edubloggers who manage to wedge in level-headed political commentary along with their educational reporting and informed (and often sarcastic) opinions. The bloggers below have served as an inspiration for me. All of them are run by educators, or people involved with or concerned about the education system. And they all have something unique, and informative, to say.
Joanne Jacobs - Edublogger plus ultra. She was also very encouraging to me when I emailed her, back in February, with my ideas for starting Number 2 Pencil.
The Volokh Conspiracy - UCLA law school professor Eugene Volokh keeps us informed about the Constitution and the silly politics you might find at various law schools.
The Cranky Professor - He's here to tell you why you're wrong.
The Confidence Man - He's no scam. Jeff Sackman's working on a Ph.D. in English Lit and follows all sorts of education news.
Education Weak - Get all the news from RPPI's Director of Education and Child Welfare Lisa Snell.
CantWatch - English professor Erin O'Connor gives in-depth commentary on the state of higher education.
Highered Intelligence - One of the new guys. Lawyer Michael Lopez hopes to open a school someday that will transform the teaching profession. It certainly needs it.
Homeschool and Other Educational Stuff - Daryl Cobranchi's take on the homeschooling revolution.
Unsullied and Undismayed - The Colonel is a Virginia college professor, and yes, he does have a string tie.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but every blogger on here either inspired me to start this blog, or inspires me to update it every day. They're out on the side of the angels, digging up the dirt on the newest educational lunacies, so I'm motivated to do so as well. Thanks to everyone here, and thanks to my readers. You guys make this all worthwhile.