I was looking at the website of the recent Learning 2.0 conference; pictures of the presenters were shown across the top. There were six men and one woman. All white. Six American, one British.
Is this the general face of Web 2.0 leadership in education? Is this the general face of Web 2.0 in education?
I started looking at some educational blogs I read, noting the ethnicity, sex, and nationality of the bloggers. Besides blogs I read, I checked blogs those bloggers read. Except for here (classroom20.ning.com) the vast majority were white American men. Second were white American women.
Another thought that occurred - how many are still teachers and/or school administrators?
I haven't been to NECC for two years, but my memory is that attendees are overwhelmingly white. There was a sizable international presence due to the international aspect of ISTE, and a large number of females, I assume due to the general makeup of females in education (According to the National Education Association the number of male school teachers is hovering at a forty year low - Newsweek, Sept 17, 2007)
My questions and thoughts:
1. Does this matter? Isn't what is important not who leads, but who follows - the teachers and administrators who read and interact and learn and implement in the schools and classrooms?
2. But to what extent does who leads have an influence on who decides to follow?
3. Where are the nonwhite educational technology leaders? Does this have an implication for the education of urban, nonwhite students?
4. Where are the non-American educational technology leaders? (not just Americans and British working in other countries.)
4. classroom20 here on ning, with thousands of hopefully diverse members, is extremely important.
5. Is my admittedly unscientific analysis skewed because I began with bloggers I have chosen to read, and I am also a white American man who left the employ of school districts 4 years ago?
Just wondering, and would like to read the thoughts of others!