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Person of the Year in Education

Person of the Year in Education

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Mark Zuckerberg was just named Time magazine’s Person of the Year, for, among other things, "creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives." According to the rules of selection, the award goes to the individual or group of individuals who have had the biggest effect on the year's news, for better or worse. Educators and parents are probably equally divided on whether Facebook has a positive or negative impact on students. So we wondered, who Edutopia users might select as 2010’s Person of the Year in Education. Zuckerberg would be a contender in this race too, given the growing impact of social media on education, for better and worse. On the other hand, Ben Franklin Middle School principal Tony Orsini might garner some votes for responding to a bully incident by writing a letter to parents and appearing on network tv to proclaim that parents should prevent middle school students from participating in social networks. Another candidate is Waiting for "Superman” director Davis Guggenheim, who received kudos from media stars like Oprah for elevating the dialogue about education to front page news. He was also condemned by many educators for his black and white portrayal of complex issues like the roles of teacher's unions and charter schools. Anyone for Arnie Duncan, Michelle Rhee. or perhaps a local hero toiling in relative obscurity? Share your nominations for Person of the Year in Education and why. If you agree with others, please vote with the thumbs up button next to the post you're supporting. We'll take the top five nominations (posts plus thumbs up) and run them as a poll as part of our end-of-year coverage. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

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MisterRog's picture

I nominate Diane Ravitch for "Person of the Year in Education". Her book "The Death and Life of the Great American School System" exposes all the misconceptions and fraud of the conventional wisdom regarding education reform.

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Kristen Kase-Janowski
High School Intervention Specialist; teaching Social Studies, Cleveland OH

Doug Lemov, the author of "Teach Like A Champion". I am not frequently inspired by books about how to teach, they are often cold and not practice based. This book is just excellent and really could institute change.

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