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 myspace.com) in no particular order:
Bud the Teacher
What It's Like on the Inside
From the Trenches of Public Ed.
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.