Wanted: Who Are Education's "Thought Leaders"?
A friend asked me the other day who were the "thought leaders" in education reform and once I got done making fun of the term I realized I didn't have a good answer. I can think of lots of hyperactive advocates and commentators, a handful of zealots and visionaries, and no end to slow-talking academics. But I wasn't sure I could think of anyone with that mix of close familiarity with the field who retains a quality of dispassionate observation -- someone who would say what he or she thought even if it didn't advance or discredit a favorite program or approach. A straight shooter, smart and able to think and speak on multiple levels (programs, policy, politics). Can you? Some possible candidates -- I'm really not sure -- might be Rick Hess, or Matt DiCarlo, or _____________? Maybe they're out there and I'm missing them, or maybe there are people who are more balanced and thoughtful than I realize. My ears might need adjustment. Please, no self-nominations.