Here’s a quick roundup of some of the discussions that have gone on at this site – and in the larger blogosphere – over the last week or so:
How much importance do we place on teaching state/local history?
- History Is Elementary started things out by asking, “Is State History Being Erased?“
- Florida School Boss responded with his take: “Is State History Elementary?”
- That prompted my response called “In Defense of Teaching State and Local History”
- To which Elementary History Teacher responded with â€œTeaching State History: Point/Counterpoint”
- I followed that with “In Defense of Teaching State and Local History, Redux“
- Florida School Boss has the last word – for now – with “State History Debate.”
This is an excellent discussion that comes from three different – and at times very different – perspectives. I think we’re getting somewhere.
How do we go about using blogs in education?
- In “Another Question for Interviews,” David Warlick suggests evaluating a professor’s familiarity with blogging.
- “Donâ€™t Ask This Question, Part I” details the importance – or lack of importance – that blogs have in mastering curriculum and teaching.
- “Donâ€™t Ask This Question, Part II” explains why asking a professor about blogs might be a mistake.
- In “Donâ€™t Ask This Question, Part III: A Call for Evidence, I take a look at why we need to be critical about the role of blogging in education.
- David weighed in with “In Defense of Education Blogs”, which assesses the importance of conversational/anecdotal [ie., not text-based] learning.
- I replied with “Donâ€™t Ask This Question, Part IV: Evidence Examined” and made a few suggestions for how we can better define and improve the use of blogs in teaching.
First, I want to thank David again for participating in such candid discussion. It’s worth noting when a professional is willing to engage in difficult debate, but I suppose that’s one of the many reasons why he’s an authority in education technology. I had a great deal of respect for David and his work before this exchange – and that has only increased.
Second, this volley is, in my opinion, pretty good stuff. We’re addressing difficult issues on an emerging and potentially valuable technology. You should weigh in, too.
… and what in the world is happening in Hillsborough County?
- I gave a summary of the recent ruckus with the Hillsborough County School Board and offered my take on the events.
- Stephen Downes responded and evaluated my argument – he interpreted things very differently, it’s worth a read.
- The Wall let us know that they think that Jennifer Faliero should resign with all deliberate speed.
- Pro on HCPS provides some pith.
- Florida School Boss questions whether a board needs to be a solid unit throughout the decision-making progress; he’s right on the money.
- Steve Otto of Tampa Bay Online isn’t certain that everyone needs to sing Kumbaya, either.
I’m going to think for a day or so before responding re: Hillsborough.
In the meantime, check out recent reviews of John Pearson’s “Learn Me Good.” and Linda Perlstein’s “Tested.” When you’re done with those two, don’t despair; next week I’ll post a review for Dennis Fermoyle’s “In the Trenches.”
It is Labor Day weekend… you should have time to read all these links because hey, you’re not working!