Start the year with excellent thoughts from @PLThomasEdD on social media and solidarity in #PublicEducation advocacy #EdBlogNet
Let me start with an image.
Whether you have witnessed this in person or on TV, picture a college football stadium during a special event game when the fans organize a “white out” (or other appropriate color). The effect is impressive with the stadium almost entirely one color, a statement by the fans that “this is our house.”
Now, let me make a case about creating that same sort of solidarity among educators and public education advocates through social media.
Historically and significantly during the last three decades, U.S. public education policy and public discourse have been dominated by politicians, political appointees, billionaire hobbyists, pundits, and self-appointed entrepreneurs—most of whom having no or little experience or expertise in the field of education or education scholarship.
In fact, the “white out” in the media is inversely proportional to the expertise in the field:
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