As you work your way into the education blogosphere, you may notice the term “reformy” turning up frequently. The reasoning behind that term underlines an important point about what the so-called reformers are, and what they are not.
This quick piece from PBS News Hours does a great job of sketching the broad outlines of reform history and a superb job of explaining how US Education Secretary Arne Duncan fits into all of it.
Education policy is in the hands of politicians. That’s a fact of the American landscape. But when approaching pols, teachers and concerned parents often are unsure of exactly what to say. Last year, 30-year classroom vet Nancy Flanagan created a simple list of ten things that legislators should know and do when making education policy. It’s a simple clear list, suitable for handing the policymaker of your choice, and it has the added virtue of not simply being built on either an attack or the assumption that all politicos are jerks.
If you want to talk to a policymaker and you’re not sure where to start, this is a great list: