A Brief Blog Profile: The Quick and the Ed
by Thomas Hynes
The Quick and the Ed is an education blog published and run by Education Sector, an independent educational think tank from Washington, DC. The site's mission is to deliver "in-depth analysis on the latest in education policy and research." What's great about this blog is that while they often point to the official statements and positions from their parent think tank, the opinions expressed by the authors are always their own. This duality affords the site both academic weight and personal voice.
There are probably a lot of great blogs on how education plays out on a local level. There are probably great posts on how to approach parent teacher meetings and after school programs. This is not that blog. The Quick and the Ed are more concerned with the Department of Education than with anyone particular school house. This site is about a college affordability plan that could win the support of Congress. This site is about ambitious digital learning programs.
More than anything, The Quick and the Ed is about how policy on the national and state levels affects education on the local levels. And for better or worse they're connected. The best policies are nothing without great schools and teachers. And great schools and teachers are nothing without sound policy (and financing) from above. It's a complicated subject, but one certainly worth learning more about.