It’s been an interesting week in the life of this blog. This blog has gotten a write-up in the NY Daily News, an editorial condemning our disclaimer in the NYPost, another snarkly written op-ed by Sager in the Post that makes me wonder if Post Editorialists read more than just the headline on our blog posts, and a wonderful review by Nathan Newman at the labor blog at TPM Cafe. All this in less than one week since EdWize went live; it almost makes me think that we may be jumping the shark.
This is a new experience for some of the writers who’ve written here, and our hope is to give voice to some teachers, and other members in the future by inviting them to talk about public education, and their respective field from the front lines where they work. There was never an intention to create a flog, where we posted only official statements and press releases. Each writer now, and in the future has their own voice.
Our hopes to bring other people on to write, the ability to put together thoughts in ways that might not be the official line is why we have the disclaimer, and why sometimes the language is descriptive. If you’d like something else, the UFT has a fully functioning website with interesting information written nicely, but with a lot less flair.
Over the last week we’ve written several times about Wal-Mart because the AFT, UFT, NYC community groups as well as other unions are asking parents and teachers to avoid shopping there until Wal-Mart treats its employees with respect provides a living wage and health insurance. One of those posts talked about the violations of the child labor laws by Wal-Mart, a point that was directly connected to our desire to advocate for students. We’ve linked to a post by another teacher/blogger< who wrote about the fallacy that treating teachers well means treating children badly. It’s a theme you hear repeatedly, but which isn’t grounded in reality.
We were criticized by the NY Post today for linking to an article written by the NY Post about the cost of teachers leaving a school district where they work. Part of that reason was the fact that teachers make significantly more in other districts. These are important education issues.
A post about an editorial by former Giuliani speechwriter Josh Greenman, brought Greenman into the comment section to discuss his editorial. A long post about the performance of charter schools also brought us criticism by the Post, even though the performance of schools has everything to do with educating children in NYC. We have ventured into areas that concern teachers but even there the effects of those rules and policies effect public education.
We’ve also had some fun, with friends and antagonists. We enjoy blogging, and being part of the larger blogosphere. There’s a wonderful community of teachers who started blogging well before we did (some are on the left hand side, and we urge you to visit them) and we hope to post interesting ideas that influence the debate. We just hope that our critics do us the favor and read the posts, and not just regurgitate tired old slogans or cherry pick a word out of a sentence. It’s been a fun week.