I’ve been writing this column for three years, and I’ve decided it’s way past time to say “thank you” to my faithful readers. I also owe a debt of gratitude to the hundreds of thousands of occasional readers who have helped make this column a success – and it is a success by any measure.
Among Topeka area Examiners, this column ranks 6th out of 87. Though it is a locally-focused column, I have managed to attract readership from afar. Of all the General Education Examiner columns, this one ranks 18th out of 597; and among the Education and Schools Examiner pages, this one ranks 89th out of 1631. Not bad for a local column competing in a national market. And it’s all YOUR fault, faithful reader – so again, I thank you for reading.
And I thank you for sharing with your friends and colleagues. A big part of my success comes from those of you who share the columns you really like. Several have gone viral. The earliest such piece was a humorous look at a serious topic in education reform, titled “We must fire bad doctors.” Satire for serious purpose also proved popular in articles such as “Pay me like a plumber” and “Buy your own Kleenex.”
Some pieces resonated exceptionally well with my fellow teachers who, like myself, have felt the strain of relentless attacks on our profession from politicians and profit-minded corporate “reform” groups. “In what other profession?” brought thousands of views per day for several weeks; as did “Mr. Duncan, you are a shining example.” I was also among hundreds of teachers to publish simultaneously on the topic of “Why teachers like me support unions.”
Most other favorites continued the examination of today’s education reform trends. These included “PISA, poverty, and profits”, and a satirical slide show titled “Ludwig and the standardized test.” In Kansas, many readers appreciate my frequent critiques of the Kansas Policy Institute, an organization whose purpose seems to include the dismantling of public education as we know it. Of course, KPI won’t say that out loud; but they do toss around a lot of figures, and “Figures don’t lie.”
If you’re new here, and haven’t yet read these fan favorites; please do so. And please share them with friends far and wide. You can also subscribe to this column, and receive email notifications whenever a new piece is published; and follow @David_Reber on Twitter.
With your support, we can make this column successful for another three years. More importantly, we can continue these important discussions about our nation’s greatest strength: public education.