Among my other adventures and exploration into “democracy” and what it really means, I came across an interesting email from the NAACP. No matter how you feel about the quality of public education and whether or not African Americans have got a raw deal out of it, the NAACP has initiated an experiment with social media and has set up a facebook page that allows you to comment on “What works”. I personally think it is an amazing concept. The downside is that you get a bunch of riff-raff who do not add much to the conversation at all, but there are a number of comments with sincere thinking behind them.
Now the challenge will be aggregating and reporting back on their findings. I wonder how they intend to do that. And then following the thread from those aggregate ideas to policy ideas, legislation and how that ultimately affects you and me.