Educational Insanity – An open letter to AERA

Jon Becker here says much of what I've felt about AERA and the dissemination of education research. I attended the AERA annual meeting when it was conveniently located in Denver in 2010, but haven't been compelled to return. In an institution where it's not unusual for me to see three AERA past presidents in a given day, there's an expectation to participate. But then I think about my six years teaching high school, when I was totally unaware that AERA existed. Until AERA changes their access policies and really focuses on their relationship to teachers and other educators (key word: disintermediation), I can't help but think that my efforts are best directed elsewhere.