As anyone who reads education sites or goes on Twitter knows, "reform critics" -- they're still working on a better term to describe their views -- have a slew of current teachers and veterans out there talking about their classroom experiences and opinions nearly every day. Nancy Flanagan, TeacherKen, Anthony Cody, and John Thompson to name just a few. It's not just that they're out there shouting randomly into the wind, either. At least some of them seem to be coordinated behind the scenes by SOS or PAA or Leonie's listserv, bird-dogging individual sites -- Caroline Grannan seems to have been (self-)assigned to this site -- and converging on a blog post or Twitter comment (as happened to me last week when I first posted on this topic). If past experience is any guideline, the comments here and Twitter RTs will come from them.
and Lopsided Debate Over Education Reform Reveals a Broken System; Nancy Flanagan: Reform vs. Anti-Reform: Quoth the Raven; Ken Bernstein: Did you know I'm a Goliath?
Others have joined in, including Miss Katie: Tides a Turnin' ; Mike Klonsky: A biblical school reform metaphor and Schools Matter: Russo Off by 4 Months (UPDATED).
Whether we have been effective in using social media, which after all, is free, everyone who is a real education policy junkie should join Twitter. You can follow the "debate" and help us "reform critics" be even more annoying to the people at the Gates Foundation (@gatesed), Mayor Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) and his assorted minions, including Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson (@howiewolf) , by replying to their inane tweets, providing our critique on their policies, and sometimes even getting responses. Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) is also very active and gets into extended debates on twitter. Join the party by signing sign up at twitter.com.