Since IDEA launched in May 2010 we've been searching for an approach to blogging that matters. We knew we wanted to have a dynamic place offering educators, young people, parents, community leaders, and others a unique take on education news and ideas. While we've had some amazing writers and stories shared here, we're now embarking on a new path, and hope you'll come along for the ride.
Our vision is a streamlined blog that embodies IDEA’s values and personality, offers a unique perspective on the news of the day, features curated comments from social media, and has a daily and weekly wrap to summarize the day's and week's news. As IDEA has from day one, we will share positive stories and not dwell only in the negative, we pledge to be thoughtful in our analysis, and will not back away from bringing up challenging topics. Taking inspiration from The Dish by Andrew Sullivan, our goal is to to give you not only opinions and perspective from a source you trust, but also present varying and critical viewpoints knowing that staying in our own echo-chambers prevents the dialogue and understanding that is essential for a democracy to thrive.
One note on comments: we value your voices deeply, and will not be an effective movement-building organization without engaging with you and listening to your ideas and critical feedback. However, we find the dialogue in many blog's comments sections is often unhelpful and bitter. What we're doing instead is to direct comments and feedback to our Facebook page, twitter, and email. We'll read through comments in those forums closely and post the most interesting of them - be they posts that support or disagree with perspectives we've shared - as separate posts in our blog.
We think the new and improved IDEA Blog can be something you rely on for thoughtful analysis, new ideas, and inspiration. Let us know how we're doing and what you think. And thanks for reading.