To the Editor:
Imagine my disappointment when I saw Democracy in Education, an edweek.org blog (new to me) that says its author, Greg Jobin-Leeds, “considers the intersection between the politics of public education and reform movements,” but found that its content seems heavy on comments about “occupy” movements and marches and topics that seem only loosely related to the intersection between politics and public education.
I’ve cut back on my reading of edweek.org because of things like this.
This particular intersection of politics and education appears to be more a discussion of mobilizing politically. I’m tired of being disappointed to find the same types of coverage of these issues. Oh, it may seem as if there must be breadth, as you have so many blogs and other places for opinion, but it really is mind-numbingly familiar.
It seems to me that people who talk about reform overgeneralize for the sake of helping their own argumentative point, and the discussion devolves into more and more rhetoric that teachers just ignore.
Pioneer Middle School
The writer teaches 8th grade English.
A version of this article appeared in the April 18, 2012 edition of Education Week as Blog’s Rhetoric Is All Too Familiar