Tuesday, July 26, 2005

The State of Education Reporting

The Washington Post's Jay Matthews writes about a study that criticizes education writers for focusing too much on the opinions of education leaders.

I'm looking forward to a companion piece about how journalists focused on foreign relations quote the State Department too much. Oh, and writers who focus on transportation are quoting transportation officials 90% of the time! Can you believe it?

The one critique I like:

What galled me most about the report's results was the almost total lack of
stories from inside classrooms, which is where I think education reporters
should try to be as often as possible. That is where readers are most likely to
learn what is working, what is not, and what is happening to their children.

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