Responsible educational journalism

Leslie and David Rutkowski say:

simply reporting results, in daring headline fashion, without caution, without caveat, is a dangerous practice. Although cautious reporting isn’t nearly as sensational as crying “Sputnik!” every time the next cycle of PISA results are reported, it is the responsible thing to do.


This holds true, of course, for all other assessment results as well. I am continually amazed at how many press releases become ‘news stories,’ sometimes nearly verbatim. Too many educational journalists have abdicated their responsibility to ask questions, to investigate claims and evidence, to cast a skeptical eye on puffery, and to try and get to the truth…

Our journalists are failing us


Malcolm X said:

If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.

What an apt quote for media coverage of today’s ‘educational reform’ movements.

We need journalists to do their jobs. We need them to sift fact from fiction, puffery, and politics. We need them to stop posting press releases as news stories. We need them to quit perpetrating their own injustices and, if they’re going to be biased, at least admit it. We need them to critically investigate and dissect politicians’ and educational reformers’ claims rather than fawning over them or accepting whatever nonsense spews forth from their mouths and social media channels. They’re supposed to be journalists, not PR hacks.

We deserve better.

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