Eee-gads, Fullerman! Gadfly goes Web 2.0!?

Okay–so that headline is a little “inside baseball” for the handful of friends and colleagues who have stumbled on this blog. So, a little background. . .

A part of my day-to-day activity is committed to education reform efforts. I’ve been at it for 21 years (what’s the emoticon for “dumb-founded?”). “Fullerman” is my nickname for Howard Fuller, my boss, and one of a handful of national movement leaders around school choice. Gadfly is short for Education Gadfly, the editorial voice of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation’s enewsletter and podcast.

So big news in the education reform community–and actually pretty exciting, if you tend to agree with Gadfly. They have launched a blog. Some might say “finally;” others might says, “Oh vey.”

For why Cindy is excited and intrigued, you need to know that just yesterday I asked Steve Hargodon, founder of the social networking site Classroom 2.0, “Where does Web 1.0 end, and Web 2.0 begin?” He was a guest on our webcast, Parents as Partners, hosted by Like most things in this changing communication/social networking scene, I need to experience it to understand it. Still, Steve’s explanation is pretty good: go to our archived webcast to learn more from Steve’s perspective.

So, Gadfly was apparently feeling hemmed in by the constraints of Web 1.0. A blog, one of the more popular tools in the Web 2.0 world, would allow Gadfly:

“to replicate the interactivity of our office water cooler, to show what goes on at Fordham “behind the scenes,” so to speak, well before the next study, the weekly Education Gadfly, the podcast, or the op-ed ever goes primetime.”

And they want to invite you (or me, for that matter) to join them:

“Why not, we thought, take some of these discussions to the internet and invite everyone to join them? Why not expose our conversations for others to see, add themselves into, and improve the final result? We think and argue education policy all the time and suspect that many of you would enjoy being part of the conversation—whether you’re a teacher, a concerned parent, a school board member, or a wonk.”

If you’re interested in education reform (choice, standards, assessment, governance, scientifically-based educational practices, autonomy in education–did I miss any, Gadfly?), this is a good place to go. (The post at this minute is about Obama’s Pennsylvania comments from former USDOE appointee Mike Petrilli).

If you’re not interested in education reform, I guarantee that someone is out there blogging on something you’re interested in, and doing it because they are looking for your feedback. Check it out.


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