Iowa Parent Bloggers

I confess that I have spent more than a few minutes following the epic tizzy on Twitter spurred by, perhaps Iowa’s most infamous parent blogger, Ankeny parent @StopSBG (website: Ankeny Citizens Against Standards Based-Grading).

I’m going to go out on a limb and just say that micro-blogging (aka Twitter) is really not a productive place for discussions between educators and parents:

I also want to note that a few Iowa educators–Shawn Cornally and Russ Goerend–had much more thoughtful responses on their blogs.

My experience, by the way, when educators (mostly Iowa ones) have taken the time to comment here or on Twitter (see, for example, Scott McLeod and Matt Townsley), has been positive, demonstrating that it is at least sometimes possible for parents and educators to have productive–or at least agreeable–conversations about education.

That being said, I wonder if other parents–rather than educators–are the most natural audience for parent bloggers. Or maybe there aren’t enough of us to really say for sure.

In any case, there are more parent bloggers than there used to be around here. I have personally benefitted from the rise of parent live-(and delayed!) Tweeting of school board and other district meetings. There are also several active Facebook pages keeping local parents informed and offering opportunities for discussion. In addition, long-time local parent blogger, Chris at A Blog About School, has some new(ish) company with J. Michael Tilley’s Blog and Mary Murphy’s Blog.

Looking forward to hearing more from all of these parents, and any others who decide to join in, in 2014.


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  1. Chris

    I followed some of the great StopSBG Twitter debate, and I was disappointed with both sides. I wish people would distinguish between questions about how to reach certain educational goals (on which I think teachers’ expertise is particularly valuable) and questions about what goals to pursue. People seem to want to reduce every debate to a contest about whose “evidence” is better, rather than confront the conflicting value questions that are often at the bottom of the disagreement.

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