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June 05, 2008

Uberblogger Russo Asks About "Group Genius" in School Reform

I say it's possible.

March 12, 2008

Deconstructing a Social Keiretsu (V): Publishing Power, Persuasion and Propaganda

If you want to see your policy views in print, you have several options. To stay in the public eye you need to buy your own printing press, hire a good communications director, and publish, publish, publish. It also helps if you can find others who will repeat and reinforce your message in their own writing. You decide if that's happening here.

February 20, 2008

Deconstructing a "Social Keiretsu" in Public Education Reform

In the next several postings I hope to demonstrate how the network spotlighted by eduwonkette and discussed much earlier by Alexander Russo and yours truly is a kind of social keiretsu in market-based public education reform.

February 16, 2008

Reflections on the Edbizbuzz-Eduwonk Exchange

It's easy to understand why some might consider this group to be a self-perpetuating, insular club less likely to engage each other in deep debate, more inclined to mutual back slapping and log rolling - and to writing the history of reform policy in ways that place them in a favorable light.

February 15, 2008

Edbizbuzz-Eduwonk Exchange on Washington's Like-Minded, Overlapping Education Policy Groups

A useful discussion on how we should think about the policy wonk network.

February 15, 2008

Get Into the Cross-Blog Debate on Washington's Education Think Tank Networks

Whether its just a sentence or a letter, I urge you to go to read the debate and discussion on these sites, choose any one, AND SAY SOMETHING!

February 07, 2008

Education Think Tanks Require a Better Class of Customer

If we want education policy “think tanks” rather than “marketing shops,” we need a better class of customer than today’s Department of Education.

February 05, 2008

Not "Think Tanks", But "Policy Marketing Shops"

Of education think tanks, Alexander Russo asked “what about influence, not to speak of value?” If these outfits are really policy marketing shops, that’s like asking the same about advertising after looking through any magazine. The ready answer is that in a world where everyone is marketing, those who refrain from it will find selling much harder.

February 04, 2008

Real Think Tanks Work for an Agency that Pays Their Bills

The organizations Alexander Russo called think tanks don’t deserve the appellation. It's a bit like trying get consumers to accept wine spritzer as champagne, or langostino as lobster. They must perform a useful function in Washington, or they would not be in business, but that function is not what led people to place the label on RAND.

February 02, 2008

Uberblogger Alexander Russo asks: What is the role, impact or benefit of education think tanks?

I thank Alexander Russo for trying to prompt debates of the first order at a time when eduwonks and edubloggers are all too focused on the trivia surrounding NCLB II. Friday, February 1, he asked: "The money (to start and support education think tanks) keeps pouring in.... But what about influence, not to speak of value?

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