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Best 5 Blogs: Debating Valerie Strauss (& Education)

6a00e54ef96453883401538e8b83e9970b-250wiValerie Strauss is the Lou Dobbs of Education Jay P. Greene:  Just as CNN needed a reinvented Dobbs to capture some of the audience attracted to O’Reilly at Fox, maybe WaPo needed a reinvented Strauss to capture some of the readers attracted to Ravitch and Eduwonkette... Teach Plus changes Web site to reflect reality Valerie Strauss:  Today the nonprofit organization Teach Plus changed its “Why We Exist” statement on its Web site in regard to the importance of teachers in student success... A Times Derby Education Next:  How did we get to the point where we now can’t teach kids unless we first fix their parents and make them middle class? Cheaters Cheaters...Everywhere? Luke Kohlmoos:  It is statements like these that push the message that there is an epidemic of cheating that undermines all test scores, all assessment measures, all efforts to increase accountability...Creating Educational Monocultures John Thompson: Given the deplorable conditions in our urban schools, there is much to admire in the sense of urgency that private donors bring to education ...Why Movements Matter: Paradigm-shifting elections don't shift paradigms if there aren't corresponding social movements for change...Want Kids to Win the Future? Turn Them Into Makers Wired:  Nolan Bushnell once almost destroyed his family's garage. As a youngster in Utah, he went tooling around with a liquid-fuel rocket on a roller skate and things went awry... At the Movies! Eduflack:  Pop the corn, fill the barrel of soda, and get ready for the next round of the "great education movie."

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I used to be a full-time working newspaper journalist and maintained professional impartiality on the job (and also refrained from outspoken advocacy outside work).

I still occasionally write a freelance article, but I turn down assignments on topics on which I've been involved in an advocacy role.

As Jay P. Greene acknowledges, Valerie Strauss also maintained impartiality when she was covering education as a regular beat reporter.

But Strauss no longer covers education as a regular beat reporter. Greene is unclear on the concept when he treats it as wrongdoing or suspect for Strauss' blog to voice her viewpoints, and to provide a forum for viewpoints that are largely overlooked in the fading remnants of the mainstream media.

It's a fairly safe assumption that Post management views that as an appropriate role for its blogs and doesn't entirely agree that, in allowing a forum for views that aren't in lockstep with Jay P. Greene's, it is "tarnishing itself."

But Strauss no longer covers education as a regular beat reporter. Greene is unclear on the concept when he treats it as wrongdoing or suspect for Strauss' blog to voice her viewpoints, and to provide a forum for viewpoints that are largely overlooked in the fading remnants of the mainstream media.

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