I read The New York Times education section regularly, and it’s usually great. Michael Winerip in particular is definitely one of the best ed reporters out there. (Check out his depressing story from earlier this week about sub-literate work that earns passing scores on the New York State English Regents exam.)
I also appreciate that the Times still features an education section on their homepage; CNN, The Washington Post, and many other major news outlets have buried theirs. The Times has actually gone even further to establish SchoolBook, an excellent site dedicated to “news, data, and conversation about schools in New York City.”
However, on the nytimes.com homepage at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, here were the three features headlines:
Fifty million students. Four million teachers. Three top stories. I’m hanging my head.
Am I an unfair cherry-picker or does it feel like bad apples and sex scandals receive outsized education media attention?