Epiphany in Baltimore has become so frustrated with his school that he’s having a hard time blogging about it anymore:
I'm at a point now where I'm increasingly feeling like I can't write about the issues facing an urban high school teacher in Baltimore City, where it seems more and more like "getting the numbers" is more important than educating the children. I posted some things over the weekend that I took down, just because of fears of repercussions.
Incidentally, this is just an impression, but it has occurred to me lately that—outside of edutech area—there seem to fewer teacher bloggers who update frequently than there were a couple of years ago (though there are still a lot of good ones out there). Has anyone else noticed this? If so, what do you think is behind it? Are would-be teacher bloggers (a la Epiphany in Baltimore) just too frustrated or burnt out to write? Do they fear professional repercussions? Or has recreational blogging lost some of its cache with the rise of Facebook and Twitter? (I know I read somewhere that the rates of young people with personal blogs has dropped dramatically.)
Let us know what you think. As always, I am prepared to be told I am completely wrong about this.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.