Thanks Twitter for All the Good News about Education!
Twitter is filled with Good News about Education
Since beginning this blog, I've been on the lookout for positive stories about education. My Twitter feed is a treasure-trove of such stories. On a daily basis I read about students and teachers doing amazing things in their schools and in their communities. I see pictures of teachers learning new strategies to help students in their classrooms; and I see pictures of students engaged in learning in a variety of settings.
Of course, I also gain a lot of ideas from reading the posts from the people I follow. Sometimes they direct me to articles or blogs on particular topics. Other times they direct me to hot-button topics that lead to great discussions.
As always, we don't want to ignore the problems of public education in America. I am very aware that the way I use Twitter tends to encourage "the positive". It is what we call The Echo Chamber--only follow people who agree with me. I know that the people I follow (while diverse) do not represent all points of view. I wouldn't say that I exclusively hear positive things, but most of the people I follow (including me) tend to follow the rule "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all." This doesn't lessen the truth about the good things I read on Twitter; but it is necessary to recognize there are lots of stories that I am not reading.
My point is that it is very easy to only hear the negative about public school education in America and it is important for educators--and especially non-educators--to know that there is a lot of good going on everyday in our public schools.