Five Reasons to be Thankful for Twitter

While Twitter can be a narcissistic cesspool of irredeemable depravity, it can also be a total delight. I was reminded of this as I scrolled through my feed this morning while I waited on the oven to finish it’s magic on the bread.

This morning the Fordham Institute posted a link to an intelligent critique of Sir Ken Robinson’s Creative Schools written by Robert Pondiscio back in 2015.  Fortunately, the conversation among education reformers seems increasingly to acknowledge the important contributions that cognitive science can make to this whole teaching and learning endeavor.

Here are my top five education Twitter follows (a little early for a #FF, but just in time to browse instead of a post-turkey nap):

  • Robert Pondiscio (@rpondiscio) posts frequently about the importance of curriculum, school culture, and educational choice.  He uses his platform to keep the conversation in education focused on what matters — helping all students get the kind of education that will enable them to flourish.  BTW, one heart is not enough to express how much I “favorite” this one:

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  • Matthew Ladner (@matthewladner) is the man to follow for the hottest (and smartest) takes on school choice policy, both in Arizona and around the country.  Also, his memes are pretty dank.
  • Lenore Skenazy (@FreeRangeKids ‏) is the founder and president of Free Range Kids, an organization whose mission is to challenge the culture of “safetyism” in parenting and schools.  She has practical advice for teachers, parents, school leaders, and policy-makers on how to create the conditions for kids to develop antifragility.
  • researchED (@researchED) is an organization that seeks to help teachers put the insights of cognitive science into practice.  Their feed is full of useful links to the latest research and journalism in the field.
  • Derrell Bradford (@Drynwyn) is one of the country’s most effective coalition-builders in school choice policy.  His strong support for educational freedom and advocacy for this issue arise from clear convictions, which give him the ability to work with anyone who shares those beliefs, regardless of other policy disagreements.

Let’s follow suit, and seek to find agreement, rather than division, around our Thanksgiving tables today, and everyday.



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