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Washington Post List of Best Education Blogs for 2010

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I’ve often found that some of what become the most important personal insights into the state of schooling come from reading what is going on “on the other side.” So I was very happy to run into this list of “Best Education Blogs for 2010,” even if I might have called the list “Best Schooling Blogs for 2010.”

Noting tongue in cheek (I think!), that “these choices will undoubtedly alter the course of the Internet,” the list creators from the Washington Post, education reporter Jay Mathews and his colleague Valerie Strauss, didn’t include anything on homeschooling. So…

This is NOT Jay Mathews. This guy just plays him on the Internet sometimes.

This is NOT Jay Mathews. This guy just plays him on the Internet sometimes.

…message to Jay: Jay, if you’re Googling your name, I made you a key word on this post so you should be able to find this and discover that Parent at the Helm, “Empowering Parents, Strengthening Families” exists! Please don’t forget about homeschooling next year! And thanks for the work you put into creating the list; I’m sure many will find it helpful.

Without further ado, here for your use as a Parent at the Helm are the best Education Blogs for 2010 according to Washington Post’s Jay Mathews and Valerie Strauss.

A Passion for Teaching and Opinions
ukiahcoachbrown.blogspot.com
By a northern California teacher and coach, one of the best written and most interesting of teacher blogs. Good with an expletive, like my favorite coaches, he often makes me laugh.–Jay.

Assorted Stuff
www.assortedstuff.com
The blogger is a Fairfax County schools tech guy who kicks me around frequently, thus getting extra points–Jay.

Charter Insights
charterinsights.blogspot.com
Fun to read, very droll, focuses mostly on Colorado but has some national insights.–Jay

Free Tech 4 Teachers
www.freetech4teachers.com
I am not qualified to judge ed tech blogs, but we need to have some. Many readers mentioned these guys, and they seem smart and vivid.–Jay
Educated Reporter
www.educatedreporter.com/
Author and former Washington Post reporter Linda Perlstein is public editor for the Education Writers Association. Her writing is aimed at helping journalists improve coverage of schools and children but is accessible to non-journalists as well.–Valerie

Education Policy Blog
educationpolicyblog.blogspot.com
Smart educators, including local classroom star Ken Bernstein, a.k.a. teacherken. They debate everything from school lunches to standards. –Jay

Education Week–Bridging Differencesblogs.edweek.org/edweek/Bridging-Differences
[Bias alert] I’m on the Edweek board. I correspondent frequently with these two bloggers, Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier. But they may be the most knowledgeable and articulate education experts in the country, so I am ignoring the conflict of interest.–Jay

Eduoptimists
http://eduoptimists.blogspot.com/
A professor of education and a director of education policy take in-depth looks at “the power of sociey, schools, colleges and educators to empower individuals, further learning, and reduce inequities … and have a little fun along the way.” — Valerie

GFBrandenburg’s Blog
gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com
This blogger loathes the D.C. schools chancellor, so his work is instructive for Rhee fans like me. He is terrific with statistics and a dogged reporter.

Inside School Research with Debra Viadero
blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/
Veteran education reporter Debra Viadero of Education Week knows how to dig into research on schools and learning and tell us whether it makes sense or not. Her posts are informative and lively.–Valerie

My Bellringers
www.mybellringers.blogspot.com
Here are the tart observations of a Texas teacher and author. She has been flogging her book lately, but what’s wrong with that? –Jay

National Journal
www.education.nationaljournal.com
A well-rounded blog that presents a wide of voice on all aspects of education policy.– Valerie

New America Foundation blogs
http://education.newamerica.net/home
http://earlyed.newamerica.net/blogmain
http://edmoney.newamerica.net/blogmain
http://higheredwatch.newamerica.net/blogmain
Early Ed Watch, Higher Ed Watch, Ed Money Watch all offer informative and original reporting and analysis on their respective subjects.–Valerie

Public School Insights
www.publicschoolinsights.org
Sponsored by a consortium of districts, the Learning First Alliance, this site has a very smart and interesting blogger who ranges wide over the country.–Jay

Schoolgate
timesonline.typepad.com/schoolgate/
Journalist Sarah Ebner helps readers understand what she calls “the maze” of Britain’s education system. –Valerie

Stories From School
www.storiesfromschool.org/
National Certified teachers tell stories about how policy decisions impact learning and teaching. — Valerie

The Quick and the Ed
www.quickanded.com/
The blog of the independent think tank Education Sector offers unorthodox analysis on the latest in education policy and research on a range of education subjects.– Valerie

The Line
theline.edublogs.org
Smart, funny comments by a 7th grade teacher, Dina Strasser, who writes very well. — Jay

The Teachers Desk
http://www.theteachersdesk.com/
By teacher Jacqueline McTaggert, this is a place where teachers share ideas and opinions–and parents can stop by too. McTaggert has some fun features, including “Dunce Cap,” where she dishonors somebody every month for doing something dumb, and “Gold Star,” where she gives praise where praise is due.– Valerie

This Week in Education
scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/
Journalist and former Senate education staffer Alexander Russo writes about everything happening in education news and politics. Always something new to learn.–Valerie

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