Following the lead of others, Dept.

A blogger who calls herself Quirky Teacher announced that she was finished with Twitter. She gave good reasons, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I’m just as tired of Twitter as she is.

Therefore, I too will be closing my account. I find I spend too much time trying to be right, being snarky when others say something that I deem to be 1) wrong, 2) idiotic, or 3) both, and trying to cajole others into ganging up on those whose opinions I find irritating.

I am also tired of the word “nuance” which is the usual rejoinder by those who do not agree with someone’s argument and criticize it by saying it lacks nuance.  I am tired of tweets promoting “smart and thoughtful posts” by edu-pundits and/or journalists who think they have the ultimate scoop on education.

It does have good attributes, but it is one of those precious “conversations” that rarely reaches any resolution and just seeks to further infuriate those who are furiating.

In ending my account, I am resisting the urge to tweet about this particular post.

7 thoughts on “Following the lead of others, Dept.

  1. Join the club! life is much better w/o Twitter (and Instagram, and even Facebook). Google searches can still keep you up to date on issues you care about, and you will be in the driver’s seat, not whoever tweets the most frequently.


  2. Barry, I understand. But… (I posted this to Twitter) in a response to your and QT’s exit from Twitter. 🙃

    I implore them both to return. We have to fight the battle where the enemy is, and when the enemy is “bad education fads,” the “where” is Twitter. Not in data. Not in research. But here, where 280 chars and the right hashtag wins over naive educrats & school boards to bad ideas.

    I don’t know if our tweeting does anything to convince other tweeters, but I hope it might at least give the lurkers (school board and admins) pause to rethink their decisions before jumping into the latest fad. That’s why our tweets need to be a mixture of solid defense (data, research) and trolling (sad to say but bad ideas deserve trolling). This is a battlefield and it’s not pretty. Please reconsider.


  3. I appreciate your concern and I understand about the battle. But do you really think the school board and admins have really changed their thoughts based on the tweets criticizing the math programs and educational malarkey in general? It may make them aware that people don’t like what’s going on, but I think they knew that going in. From what I’ve seen, it reinforces the tribalism.


    • the problem with twitter is that it does nothing to convince people of new ideas. Those entrenched in the ideology of progressive education, i.e. the educrats/consultants, schoolboards and education ministry staff, reside in their own echo chambers where they are constantly surrounded by other likeminded individuals. They’ve convinced themselves that they’re the experts because that’s why they’ve been hired.


      What I’ve found even more discouraging, are those that teach our kids have shown very little resistance to this nonsense, even though they know it’s not working. At least here in Canada. Our most fervent supporters *will not* speak out against Union/District interests; they stay silent. And that’s not helpful either.

      I support Barry’s switch as he’s given more than enough energy, and time to this and it’s time to move on to more productive endeavours.


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