Today serves as a reminder that to so many people, this is not about educating our students, it is about power and being right regardless of the consequences.
The New Mexico education advisory team has been attack for not being New Mexican enough, of for being to Floridian - which is odd since Florida rapidly close the achievement gap and increase student scores. Who would want that?
But the strangest goes to the questions about Michelle Rhee's Baltimore teaching and the over response. Here you have a little blog that is obviously very anti-education reform, read by other anti-education reform believers and Michelle Rhee's team goes nuts because they attacked her teaching performance.
ABCTE used to get attacked by a blogger all the time - he was rash, opinionated and way out there on the anti reform spectrum. The key point is that he was out there - we didn't respond to him. We responded by focusing on our results and making sure everyone knew how good we were doing.
Bloggers don't change their opinions. Bloggers thrive on controversy since it brings more people to the blog. So responding to them is a complete waste of time unless you want to provide more readers for said blog.
UPDATE: Great job Mr. Julian in a Gadfly blogpost: http://www.educationgadfly.net/flypaper/2011/02/anthropomorphizing-the-ideal/
For those of the non-literati like myself: anthropomorhpizing "refer to any attribution of human characteristics to animals or non-living things, phenomena, material states and objects or abstract concepts.
UPDATE: Not normally a big fan of Alexander Russo, has a solid analysis of why this happens without making excuses for anyone - his blog here. Well worth the read -