The Education Story the Media is Missing

Teachers are lazy,
Teachers don’t care.
Teachers lose interest.
Teachers are complacent.
Teachers teach because they aren’t smart enough to do anything else.

That story is all over the headlines; how the schools would be so much better if they didn’t have those terrible teachers gumming up the works.

Sure.

Edcamp Philly Organizers

Image by kjarrett via Flickr

In late January 2010, a small group of teachers in Philadelphia and its surroundings had an idea:

Let’s put on a free event at which teachers, on their own time, will teach what they’re expert in to other teachers. The presenting teachers will do it for free. 

We’ll call it EdCamp. 

On May 22nd, that first EdCamp drew a couple of hundred lazy, complacent teachers who gathered together and learned from each other.

A movement was born.

Energized by what they saw at or read about EdCamp on Twitter, Facebook and the rest of the social network other small groups of teachers in other communities organized EdCamps. Before 2010 ended there would be six more EdCamps, all following the same model, in Virginia, Ohio, New Hampshire, Kansas, Florida and New York City.

Today we held the second EdCampNYC. It was the 34th EdCamp this year, there are 14 more scheduled before the end of December and there are already eleven scheduled for 2012.

All of them organized by lazy teachers who don’t care anymore. All of them free. All of them attended by more than 5,000 complacent teachers and administrators, some driving more than five hours to attend.

Let me make this absolutely clear. There is a rapidly growing national movement of teachers and administrators taking it upon themselves to organize and attend free conferences at which teachers and administrators freely share knowledge, resources and ideas with the sole purpose of becoming better teachers and administrators.

Impressive, isn’t it?

So why hasn’t the general media noticed? Why aren’t you reading about this in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal or USA Today. Why isn’t it showing up on NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, CNN or any other network?

Perhaps because they are too busy listening to the billionaires and the politicians make the same complaints, mouth the same platitudes, and push the same, stale ideas to notice the people who do the job every day working hard to do a better job.

But now you know.  Help spread the word.

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11 Responses to The Education Story the Media is Missing

  1. Nice post, I would say the media hasn’t noticed because a) EdCamps are still a very small movement compared to the total number of teachers and b) they aren’t getting paid to make teachers look good.

    By the way, EdCampKC was held in Missouri, not Kansas. It can be confusing since Kansas City is in both states.

    • Deven Black says:

      I suspected it might have been in Missouri but Kansas is easier to spell. No, the media doesn’t get paid to make teachers look bad, either. They are paid to report news. Complaints about teachers are no longer news and they are missing what is new.

  2. Great post, Deven. Terrific seeing you today! I had similar thoughts on this a bit ago: http://www.ncs-tech.org/?p=6461

  3. I don’t know why we aren’t recognized for helping to Drive the Professional Development within our profession. ??? I do know that it is up to us to continue the movement and publicize our unconferences.

    Maybe we will get recognized for our efforts or maybe we won’t. That is not as important as OUR realization that we can’t move forward unless we help one another and EdCamps allow us to do this.

    I worked to make EdCampLouisiana possible in July and we intend to do it bigger and better next year because there is nothing more powerful than a group of dedicated teachers working together to promote Best Practices within our profession.

    Thanks for the post.

  4. Mary Beth Hertz says:

    Great post, Deven. I wonder–how do we get the media’s attention? How do we make them see that this is worthwhile news? The Philadelphia Inquirer did run a piece on edcamp Philly after the fact. Lots of teachers were interested, but it was too late for them to attend. The media could play a big part in spreading awareness outside of the circles of event organizers!

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