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.