Site URL: SchoolsOfThought.blogs.cnn.com
Content: CNN’s Schools of Thought blog covers education from a variety of perspectives that include policies, practices and people. From pre-kindergarten through college—and for parents, teachers and students—Schools of Thought offers food for thought as part of the national conversation on education.
Design: This is a pretty straightforward blog, with the most recent entries at the top and older entries falling below chronologically. There are several filters to the blog, so those interested only in entries related to educational policy, practice, editorials, or any of the other theme-specific topics can whittle the content down to meet their needs.
The main navigation bar across the top makes filtering the content easy. Beyond that, it’s pretty simple to navigate, as it follows a strict blog style. Scrolling and clicking are about the only skills needed to navigate the site.
Review: The site is very new, but its promise is pretty great. CNN claims users will see stories and viewpoints about a wide range of topics, from No Child Left Behind to districts dealing with budget cuts to what’s hanging in students’ lockers. Users will get news and perspectives focusing on public, private and parochial schools, as well as homeschoolers. Parents, teachers, students and other stakeholders in education will have stories to tell and opinions to offer.
Bottom Line: An open discussion in a filterable blog with the news sense of CNN, Schools of Thought is definitely worth a look.