The site mechanics of this blog posting are confusing: It appears that the text of the posting is by the blog host until one follows the link to the original at Diane Ravitch’s blog where one discovers that she wrote the post. This inaccurate attribution is even clearer in the emailed notice of the posting where the titled article is directly attributed: “by” Aaron Barlow.
All of which does seem to highlight the relative paucity of blog postings hosted or contributed to by women at the Academe Blog. For example, there are only four female photos at the contributors scroll list, out of twenty-three. And on at least one blog, an AAUP state conference official “outed” a pseudonymous commenter, revealing she was a woman and that he knew who she was, adding “ma’am” as a slap.
We can do better than this, can’t we “boys”?
Yes, it is a concern, and one I address by seeking out a more diverse body of contributors (though my lack of success is a continuing frustration). Also, I repost (as here) pieces by women.
The “by” simply tells who posted, not who wrote, the piece. It should not be too confusing, certainly not in this case: Ravitch’s picture accompanies the post on the main page.
Paste-in of emailed announcement from July 3, 2014:
New post on The Academe Blog
[photo of Aaron Barlow]
Good Riddance to the Common Core Tests!
by Aaron Barlow
Originally posted on Diane Ravitch’s blog:
A few years ago, Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, David Coleman, and a merry band of policy wonks had a grand plan. The non-governmental groups like Achieve, the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Coleman’s own Student Achievement Partners would write the Common Core…
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Aaron Barlow | July 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Categories: faculty | URL: http://wp.me/p1KBNi-2dF
Tell you what, in the future I will use our “Guest Blogger” function when reblogging a post from elsewhere. That way, the only name associated will be that of the originator.