2010 Edublog Awards – Time to vote!

It’s time to vote for the 2010 Edublog Awards, the ‘Oscars of the education blogosphere.’ All votes are due by noon Eastern, December 14. Winners will be announced soon thereafter.

CASTLE nominees

2010ebawardlogoCASTLE blogs - including this one - have been nominated in several categories:

There are scores of excellent sites from which to choose. Go check out the lists and vote for your favorites!

Lifetime Achievement award

Last year I was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement award. I said at that time that, while flattered, I had no business winning such an award ahead of many others that had gone before me (and were so pivotal to my own development as a blogger). I continue to stand by that statement.

David Warlick and Karl Fisch have won this award to date; both were superb choices. This year I was going to make a tough choice between either Will Richardson (last year’s runner-up) or Stephen Downes. Since Stephen isn’t on the list, I’m checking the box next to Will’s name. If you don’t agree with my choice, there are many other excellent candidates in this category, including some names that I should have put on last year’s list.

Happy voting!

2 Responses to “2010 Edublog Awards – Time to vote!”

  1. Thanks for the shoutout to Connected Principals. I am very proud of what this group has done in a short time. None of us are better than all of us 🙂

  2. “None of us are better than all of us”

    Wow, George, I feel all warm and runny inside after reading that! Makes me want to buy the world and Coke and teach it harmony (dated reference for older baby boomers).

    I don’t know if compliments are in order for Scott McLeod, or anyone for that matter, for being nominated for an award for what amounts to an extra-curricular activity like blogging. I note that a blog entry I weighed in on rather heavily was nominated. Was it the content of the post or the breadth of responses that earned the nomination? Should I even give it a second thought?

    I laughed when I read some of the nominations for “best blog.” It just reinforces my long held suspicion that if you suck up to enough people in life and offer up loads of insincere platitudes for even the most minor achievements, you join the collective of applause junkies who need that Dr. Spock-inspired fix of being told how “special” they are.

    Do we truly need affirmation from strangers to tell us that we are doing a good job? Shouldn’t such an affirmation arrive from our immediate flesh and blood colleagues within our own schools, or, at the very least, arrive from within?

    Imagine that, being independent and relying on yourself to solve your problems.

    Hmm, isn’t individualism a principle upon which America was founded?

    I’ve said before, and was attacked for saying it, that the only recognition that means anything to me is a paycheck.

    I can’t feed my family with some cheesy certificate or a personalized trophy with a fake wood finish and a fake plated gold look purchased for about ten bucks. That kind of thing seemed important when I was twelve years old and playing baseball.

    I greatly despise this perpetual adolescence pursued by so many alleged adults. It’s not just basking in praise, it’s also this sick need to fill one’s life with useless toys and expensive gadgets that serve as status symbols.

    “Look at me, look at my new (fill the blank)!” which I’m sure more than one teacher will screech this Christmas after they get their latest gift from Apple or Motorola.

    As for me, I’m happy with a re-subscription to the National Geographic and a new bathrobe, which clearly differentiates me from most of the rest of you 40 and unders in this business.

    If education is failing, it’s because of you and your poor values, your superficial attitudes, and your world collectivist (read: anti-American exceptionalist) view.

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