As I sift through countless documents, contracts, board minutes, financial statements, school profiles, reports, board minutes, audio recordings, FOIAs and whatnot one thing remains certain. The truth must come out. Nothing stays hidden forever, and bloggers know this. Which is why we do our best to get the truth out, always.
It is no coincidence that education bloggers are those who either were or are involved in education. It is a free endeavor, and we make no money from our writings. The material we work with is endless, and one trail always leads to another. This is what education has become in our country. If we value one thing above all else, that is transparency. If the subjects of our articles can’t be transparent, we will do it for them.
We start from scratch, with nothing but what our computer links us to. Over time, we gain an audience and begin to get information. Sometimes this information is reliable, sometimes it’s not. We’ve all had to kill an article here or there for various reasons: to protect a source, the information wasn’t quite what we thought it was, or it just plain wasn’t newsworthy. I’ve had months of research and theories go out the window because of one simple fact involved.
These are the times that we live in, and if we don’t wake the people up, our children will be lost in the quagmire that is public education. The stakes have never been higher, but we are winning the war. The light is shining on those who would destroy what is, and they can’t stand the sight.
Bloggers can have it rough. We see tons of information when we really dig in, and what we see makes us angry. We see the abuses in our education system on a daily basis, and we get upset. It should. We should all be angry enough to do something about it. We love when new bloggers enter the fray because that means the odds of the truth coming out increase. We are lovers of the light.