We strike first. We don’t have to wait for a copy editor or an all-clear from the publisher. We are the copy editor. We are the publisher. You love us. You hate us. We show up at meetings when you least expect us. Some of you get nervous when you see us typing feverishly. We don’t get paid. We do it for the kids. We find you. We are opinionated and headstrong. We have allies and enemies. We know who has been naughty and nice. We are the tired. We are the alert. We don’t cut corners. We don’t aim to please. Election Season is coming. Fear Us. This is gonna be fun!
As I look at my Delaware blogger list, I see fewer posts by many on the Delaware blogs. I see very few from teachers in Delaware. I keep wondering why this is. My first assumption is they are afraid of retribution for what they write. Which is why we need Delaware teachers to write anonymous blogs. We need to hear things from their perspective, the good and the bad. What is working? What isn’t? How are students REALLY doing in the classroom? How do they do on actual classroom assignments? What are the concerns and fears teachers have? How do they feel about Common Core and Smarter Balanced now that we are waist-deep in it? This voice is dwindling in Delaware and people need to hear it.
So I am calling out for any teachers in Delaware to start anonymous blogs. I welcome all education blogs in this state. Kilroy doesn’t post as much these days, but that is for a good reason. Kavips will sometimes post 10 articles in 2 days, and then nothing. Delaware Way used to write an awesome collection of education blog stories from the past week. Transparent Christina rarely writes new material these days. Where has Steve Newton’s voice been? What happened to Minding My Matters, Fixdeldoe, and theseventhtype? I understand many of these people have real lives with things going on, but an occasional post about different viewpoints and opinions is missed. I saw many blogs start in the past year and then they disappeared.
Blogging is free and it takes time, but it is also an essential part of today’s media. Bloggers are the Wild West, able to post stories along with their opinions. The audience is there, but they need YOU! State Rep. Kim Williams is one of the busiest persons I know, but she recently started an excellent blog called Delaware First State. Christina CBOC member Brian Stephan of Those in Favor now writes for Delaware Liberal. So what say you Delaware teachers? Care to give it a whirl? Please use WordPress so I can reblog your stuff! And I would love to hear from Kent County and Sussex County teachers!
We have a new blogger in Delaware. With the very aptly timed name of fixdeldoe, I look forward to seeing more posts! I like what I’ve seen so far. Please go to https://fixdeldoe.wordpress.com/ and if you’re a blogger, please add them to your blogroll.
And check out some of the awesome posts Who’s Minding the Children has put up lately as well at https://hopeforourstudents.wordpress.com/ This blogger doesn’t cut corners and puts it all out there!
Both these blogs seem to be written by teachers, for teachers and parents. Since Mike Matthews doesn’t blog anymore, let’s give these newbies a shot! Fresh perspectives are always good, especially these days. We need all the voices we can get! The only thing I don’t like, and this is absolutely no fault of these bloggers, is that they are anonymous. Teachers have been forced to be silent on many issues. I can’t wait until the day the chains break and they can speak freely without fear of repercussion. Until that day, and even after, I will support them as much as I can on here.