Education advocacy online

This week Rhea R. Borja writes in Education Week about students using online tools to advocate for social causes and how education organizations are following suit.
A new education advocacy group, Our Education, aims to get 1 million middle school, high school, and college students to sign a petition calling for high-quality public education for all students, not just those in suburban and middle-class neighborhoods. The OurEed.org web site and blog encourage students to volunteer and to invite friends to sign the petition. Our Education also has set up a profile on the social-networking site MySpace.com.
Other technologies including cellphone text messages allowed students to organize recent protests over a proposed federal crackdown on illegal immigration.
Borja writes that advocacy groups use blogs and other e-media “because of their speed, reach, and relatively modest costs.” Even prominent groups such as the Public Education Network and the Youth Policy Action Center have online advocacy operations.

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