Your Favorite EduBlogger’s Favorite Edublog?

Jose VilsonEducation, Jose9 Comments

Precocious Kid's X-Mas List
Precocious Kid's X-Mas List

Precocious Kid's X-Mas List

Another day, another list of edubloggers I may or may not have made it on.

This conversation trickled down via Teacher Magazine, then the Teacher Leaders Network, and it has some people up in arms about why some of the same bloggers get chosen for these and they exclude others. Even my friend John Holland, whose Pre-K Now made it on the list, didn’t have nice things to say about Rasmussen’s list. He says,

I think these folks had a narrow idea of what “best” would be before they made the list. My work on Pre-K Now is very easy to swallow where as some of my other writing is a little less easy. I am appalled that Nancy [Flanagan], Bill [Ferriter], and Jose aren’t on the list but, none of the three of them are easy consumption material. They are all difficult and demand something of the reader.

Jose’s tag line is “Its not about a salary, its about reality.” and that pretty much “sums” (wink) it up for this brilliant writer about the reality of being a middle school math teacher in NYC, Washington Heights. He tackles subjects that most teachers, including me, would never tocuh. Not even with a ten yard stick. He writes with such lyricism and passion that we can taste the chalk dust in his classroom. Does he talk about more than just education? Yes, but thats the point, teachers are more than just educators, they are human  beings. Teachers are within a system that they are constantly defending with students and fighting as professional. Jose is not an easy read, and that is why he should be read.

[Emphasis mine]

At this point in my writing, I’m participating in the honest conversations we need to have about the state of education, and with people who I consider awesome allies in that fight. People on the local level and the national level want to engage in constructive, critical conversation about the things that not everyone’s talking about. They want to understand the rationale behind our most desperate children, or put words to why there’s something just not right about those creepy pro-charter commercials on TV. They want to encourage others to join teaching as a profession without feeling like they’re advertising for a camp. They want their voices amongst the others who have a say in the national conversation about everything.

That’s why I write, too.

Lately, I’ve ended up on a couple of honorable mention type lists, which either means I’m doing a great job at being understated or a bad job at tailoring my message for the mainstream. Or both. Which works just as well for me. I have a great group of readers who want to further the dialogue of our critical pedagogy, who can’t sugarcoat the raw experiences of America’s youth and the positive and negative repercussions of our collective consciousness as they affect education, and who find inspiration in the work they do.

Readers like you.

Am I your favorite edublogger’s favorite edublogger? That’s not so sure, but if I am, then that’s a list I’m privileged to be a part of.

Jose, who has his book giveaway in two more days …

Comments 9

  1. When I started blogging almost 3 years ago, I was all about the numbers. I had a hit counter on my site, a Clustrmap, and I checked my hits and stats every day from the admin panel.

    At some point – I don’t know when, probably only within the last year or so – I just stopped giving a fuck. Took it all down – the hits, the maps, the stats, even the blogroll. I wrote about what I wanted to write about, not what was necessarily popular among the niche of ed-tech (my point of entry into blogging) bloggers at the time.

    Just out of curiosity, I decided to look at my most and least commented-upon posts a few weeks ago. The most comments? A post about whether or not I should join Facebook. The fewest comments? Posts about education theory, leadership, policy, reform, access, and ability/disability all scored in the neighborhood of 0-3 comments.

    I almost feel ashamed that a navel-gazing post about Facebook is what has generated the most discussion on my personal publishing platform, like there are more FAR important issues that need fleshing out. And that’s pretty symbolic of the shift in my thinking about blogging – it can’t be a popularity contest; it has to be real, and that’s it. We can’t all be Elvis.

    I used to want comments because comments meant link exchanges and link exchanges meant more hits and more hits meant more comments and more comments meant… Now, I want comments because I want discussion, affirmation, and/or pushback, but even that is all secondary to me just getting off my chest what I want/need to get off my chest.

    And as for Top 10 or 20 or 50 lists, I leave those to Letterman. How is one to determine the top 50 out of how many thousands of blogs written by passionate, dedicated educators? Please. Arbitrary at best, and that’s being kind.

    Thanks for the tipoff to Holland (and by extension, Nancy Flanagan). They’ll be joining you and Ferriter and a ton of other phenomenal educators not on Rasmussen’s list in my RSS reader.

  2. Jose,

    I just recently came across your blog, and I look forward to reading more of what you have to offer.

    Just out of curiosity…do you credit KRS-One and BDP for your tagline?

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    Ann, if I’m on that (good) list, then I’m happy to be on.

    Damian, it’s hard not to seek the allure of these lists because humans like orders and sets. They like to wrap things up in a neat package that’s easy for consumption. Yet and still, we see how that can be debilitating towards the general conversations that need to happen. Blogrolls are cool because they highlight favorites, but some of the other stuff you mentioned isn’t necessary. Comments are cool, as you’ve just exemplified. :-)

    Keishla, I’m glad you dropped by. I’ve explained the reference tons of times on this blog, but you’re right: I should have something for people to see where I got that from. KRS-One is one of the true gods of the rap game.

    Esteban, gracias!

  4. You’re definitely on mine. And that Rasmussen list? They’re selling online degrees, man. Pretty good scam. We all checked it out, huh. The definitive list of “some edublogs we like a lot” will appear soon at the TLN Teacher Voices blog. I hope you contributed to the chat thread on that. You’re in, naturally.

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    John, thank you for your comment. You’ve got serious access to lots of teacher blogs, so I’m happy to be on your list. I did contribute to the forum some, but like I said before, I’m not worried. The conversations have become richer. It’s all good to me so long as that’s happening.

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  7. Edublogger’s too narrow a universe for your words. You can flat out fucking write, and you can see.

    Few of us can do either, far fewer can do both.

    You keep writing, we’ll keep reading.

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