There is also some unsaid (but implied) arguments that aren't really helpful.
I noticed things like:
- someone saying he/she is open-minded (and implying that others aren't). Opposing ed reform doesn't mean you aren't open-minded to new ideas in education. For example, I think most everyone here would agree that technology - both in teaching and learning - is and is going to be, a larger part of the education picture. That's a new idea that has gotten stronger and stronger.
- I especially dislike the implication that if you aren't for new trends in education, you are for the status quo. That is a weak and tired argument and not a worthy one.
- someone saying that someone hates someone else. C'mon, that's a little junior high. You can be unhappy or dislike someone's work performance without hating them. Hate is a big word that should be used for people who really deserve it.
- Using words like "hater" - again, a little junior high. You can dislike something or someone without being a hater if you can explain your position in a rational manner. A hater is someone who hates someone else for an irrational or petty reason.
- a lot of far-reaching leaps from simple statements. Just because a reader says that he/she isn't sure how someone else knows something is a far cry from that same reader believing that someone else is dumb or stupid. And yet I'm seeing a lot of striking back when a simple question gets asked. If you want to know what someone means, please ask and don't assume you know.
I'm not saying that Charlie and I don't sometimes stray ourselves. We all do but we can all try harder to moderate ourselves so that some good and useful ideas and actions come out of this blog.
I would also ask that if you post, that you do not post again immediately afterwards (unless it is a correction). Multiple posts are fine but allow others to chime in as well.
Last, let's try to stay on topic. Again, I can be as guilty as the next person but it really is better to stick with the topic at hand. There are other ways to introduce a new topic including contacting us to request a new thread or at the Friday Open Thread. To that end, we'll be trying a Tuesday Open Thread to see if we catch more new topics as they come up during the week.