I’m a bit busy tonight following the local elections in the UK. It looks, at this point, like Boris might squeak out a win over Red Ken.
An American without a vote in the UK can only hope.
If you’re interested in following along as these results come in, check these live-blogs out:
My Montgomery Ward TV only goes up to channel 41, and all that international stuff is super high, so I’ve got to follow the blogs. I suppose I could listen to internet radio, but Detroit/Philadelphia are playing. Priorities!
I’m also thinking about how to address this Edublogging Etiquette nonsense. It’s such a non-issue to me because none of this is unique to education blogging.
Stephen Downes left a comment that I agree with wholeheartedly – many education bloggers [and I would add especially the ed-tech crowd] need to understand the incredible diversity in the blogosphere. One compliment that I will always extend to the Downeses and Stagers and the rest with whom I frequently disagree is that they aren’t thin-skinned. They don’t take things personally, and it’s a testament to their priority being public education and/or kids.
You know, that thing we’re all supposed to be working for, regardless of how we think it’s best to get there?
The ed-tech crowd’s unyielding commitment to Google Earth Diversity – that is, cooing and fawning over a project just because other participants happen to be 5,000 miles away – isn’t as important as the genuine intellectual diversity they largely avoid.
They also need to leave their professional circles a bit more frequently. Education technology blogging is one of the most weirdly self-congratulatory, borderline-incestuous things I’ve ever seen. The “back-patting,” as Downes put it, is tiresome, cliquish and off-putting.
But the cherry on top is being labeled a brawler! I like that. Education blogging? Oh, no more of that – education brawling! The possibilities, the possibilities!
I do find it a little sad, and a significant hindrance to future public education debate, that normal, reasoned, measured, accurate, substantive discussion is such a rare thing that it warrants public curiosity.
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