Monday, December 18, 2006

Best Education Blog

I'm a bit miffed at the recent vote for Best Education Blog, and not because my own blog wasn't listed. I'm baffled by how voters defined two of the three words--best and education.
Michael Berube's blog has spent the last three weeks pleading for votes and rambling about stuff. Not that I matter much, but I hadn't even read his blog before the 2006 Award Nominees were announced.
SpunkyHomeSchool, who landed in second place, is much more deserving as an education blog, but I am biased against home schooling because of the two home schooled kids I grew up next to. They really were odd. I feel that Spunky, though insightful, doesn't branch out enough to speak for the entirety of the education world.
IvyGate is another blog whose content doesn't seem to fit the world of education. I mean, no offense to the Ivy League, but I don't care about the happenings of the Ivy League unless I happen to have a wager on their submission to the NCAA Tournament in March.
Risking being left out of The Education Wonks Carnival of Education, I'll let you all know that my vote went to A Shrewdness of Apes. Ms. Cornelius keeps it focused on the world of education while infusing a bit of humanity into her blog. She is insightful and relevant to the Edusphere. Plus, the title of her blog is fantastic.
I like Joanne Jacobs, but I consider her someone who writes about education from the perspective of what she is, a journalist. She does a great job of presenting the world of education to her readership, but again, her blog is about education not birthed from education.
Eduwonk is another fine blog about education. He has the right connections and the right approach. But again, despite what is described as a brief history as a teacher, I still find a bit of a disconnect as he writes from what many consider to be "outside the trenches."
In terms of academic study of faith, Faith and Theology seems to do a fine job, though I'd never read his blog either (though I may begin to!). But seeing as the ACLU doesn't like to even mention Faith in public education, I don't think I can support Faith and Theology as an education blog.
The Education Policy Blog is yet another that just doesn't fit into my readership rotation. Too stuffy. Sure, edcuation policy is important for us to follow--it does affect us--but more often than not, I can hear about education policy by simply reading the blogs of those in the trenches.
Over at History is Elementary, we finally get a better picture of reality. This is a fine site, and certainly worthy of being included in the Best Education Blog race.
I am most surprised that The Education Wonks received so few votes. I mean, really, he is the founder of the now legendary Carnival of Eduaction--a place we all gather to and place that has increased my readership in the last two years.

So, because I feel like the Best Education Blog Awards were crap, here is my 8 (like in no particular order:
Bud the Teacher
Today's Homework
What It's Like on the Inside
From the Trenches of Public Ed.
Scheiss Weekly
The Education Wonks
A Shrewdness of Apes
A Passion for Teaching and Opinions

Go ahead, leave a comment with a vote. It will by The Daily Grind's Daily Grinder Award for best (actual) education blog. Sorry, no fancy voter stuff to calculate totals.


At 6:40 AM , Anonymous Dana Huff said...

I was kind of bothered by the general selections, too, but for a different reason. It's always the same blogs that get this kind of attention.

At 6:41 AM , Anonymous Dana Huff said...

And for what it's worth, I vote for Bud Hunt.

At 8:16 AM , Blogger Mamacita said...

Thank you so very much; I am honored. I didn't think anybody ever noticed me much. . . .

At 11:48 AM , Blogger The Science Goddess said...

Thank you for the nod! Your blog is one of my "must reads" everyday.

Did you get your power back yet---or are you still posting from your friends' place?

At 1:29 PM , Anonymous Bud Hunt said...

Wow. Y'all just made my week. Thanks!

At 7:05 AM , Blogger Spunky said...

Your analysis of the blogs nominated was interesting. You said about my blog (now retired) "I feel that Spunky, though insightful, doesn't branch out enough to speak for the entirety of the education world."

How could anyone presume to speak for the "entirety of the education world?" A writer would be a fool, arrogant, or possibly both to take on such an assignment.

But I understand your overall point. A lot of good education blogs were missed. (Edspresso is an excellent blog.) But that isn't the fault of Wizbang. They hold open nominations. Anyone including the blogger him/herself could have been added to the list. They may not have made it to the finals, but they would have been considered. Just a heads up for next year.

And like you Mr. McNamar, I think Edwonk is a wonderful source for information and said so in my post announcing my nomination for the awards; so I will cast my vote in these awards their way.

At 7:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never been much for popularity contests and that's what most blog awards boil down to. I did find some new links to check out. Your post has given me some more. So thanks!

At 8:47 AM , Blogger Edspresso said...

My vote: Education Wonks. I think they have a good eye for education news, which is one of the reasons that they're one of my must-read edublogs every morning. I like the $.02 they chip in now and again. And I think they deserve far more credit than they get for keeping the Carnival of Education alive.

(And thank you, Spunky, for your kind comment!)

At 7:24 PM , Anonymous Laura said...

At least three of those are on my Top 8 too. Internet popularity contests, I think, are just as weird as high school ones. How appropriate for those of us still in high school...or at least in it again.

At 9:11 PM , Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Yeah, I thought some of my fellows were interesting choices, and I had expected to see more teacher blogs in the running.

And thanks ever so much for the kind words-- and the vote. I really spent a lot of time pondering the name for the blog when I set it up.

I vote for Mamacita.
And I vote for Edwonk.

I love 'em both. Mamacita is hilarious, and Edwonk is my blogfather and the glue holding the edusphere together.

At 4:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blogs you list that I already read are favorites of mine, and I'm looking forward to reading the ones new to me.

Thank you for the compliment, sir. I'd like to reciprocate: your blog is insightful and wise and one I read faithfully.

At 2:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the kind the words.

My post is up regarding my thoughts on the whole thing. I linked to you and another post I saw that discussed the whole thing. I'm making a suggestion to those in power at the Weblog Awards that perhaps they should divide up the education category a's very broad.

Of all the many, many educator blogs that are being written I haven't found one yet that doesn't have something worthy to say. They are all award winners in my opinion.

We are all trying to teach to and inform the public regarding education in our own way and we need to keep doing it. We MUST let people know we are here, and from time to time this will mean participating in a popularity contest in order for people who aren't aware to find us.

I say, congrats to ALL of us that participate in this wonderful community!

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