The Top 10 Education Next Blog Posts of 2013

By Education Next 10/23/2013

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What makes for a popular blog entry? The Common Core dominated Ed Next’s list of Top Blog Posts of 2013 — four of the top 10 blog entries were on this topic. There were blog entries rebutting an anti-Common Core op-ed; clarifying the difference between Common Core standards and curriculum;  defending the Common Core against critiques from the right; and arguing that to help poor kids catch up, we need to help them build their vocabularies by teaching them solid content like that included in the Common Core standards. But the top blog entry of the year reported on a study that found that high schools that devote more energy to athletic success also tend to produce more academic success.

This year Mike Petrilli and Jay Greene battled for dominance of the Ed Next blog. Mike has four blog entries on this year’s top 10 list. Jay has two, but one of his blog entries was the #1 Ed Next blog entry for 2013. (Jay also co-authored the #1 Ed Next article for 2013. For the list of the top 20 Ed Next articles of the year, click here.) Andy Smarick, Peter Meyer, Patrick Wolf, and Kathleen Porter-Magee also had blog entries on our top 10 list. Their faces grace our 2013 bloggers portrait (with head sizes roughly in proportion to number of appearances on the top 10 list).

And here’s the list:

1. Does Athletic Success Come at the Expense of Academic Success?
By Jay Greene
2. A Point-by-Point Rebuttal of Today’s Anti-Common Core Op-ed in the Wall Street Journal
By Michael J. Petrilli
3. The Top Twitter Feeds in Education Policy
By Michael J. Petrilli
4. America and its High-Potential Kids
By Andy Smarick
5. The Common Core Conflation Syndrome
By Peter Meyer
6. Brilliant New Measure of Non-Cognitive Skills
By Jay Greene
7. The Top Twitter Feeds in Education Policy (Crowdsourced Edition)
By Michael J. Petrilli
8. Ravitch Blow-Up on School Choice
By Patrick J. Wolf
9. The Truth about Common Core
By Kathleen Porter-Magee and Sol Stern
10. To Close the ‘Opportunity Gap,’ We Need to Close the Vocabulary Gap
By Michael J. Petrilli

Congratulations bloggers!

—Education Next

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  • Keri says:

    Seeking to Understand What Does Make a Popular Blog Entry

    From my perspective, this article doesn’t really answer the question initially stated, “What makes for a popular blog entry?”. So, please, could someone explain how the “Top 10 Blog Posts” were chosen for the “list”.
    I have read some of the selected posts, and I agree the blog posts from the authors on this Top 10 list did stand out. However, I have yet to understand why Education Next selected these particular comments for the Top 10 of 2013.

    Thank you in advance….

  • Keri says:

    Clarifying word choice…
    When I stated :
    However, I have yet to understand why Education Next selected these particular comments for the Top 10 of 2013.

    I should have said: However, I have yet to understand why Education Next selected these particular posts for the Top 10 of 2013.

    I apologize if this caused any confusion

    Again, thank you in advance….

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