Lists of most-read stories or blog posts are popular on the Internet, but I doubt they tell us all that much about what really matters to readers.
The fact that more people read a story about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt than about the U.S. debt ceiling doesn’t make the former more important than the latter — not even to the people who are reading, or, not reading, individual stories.
That a particular story gets widely linked on a particular day or captures the collective imagination at a particular moment (say, for example, the second we all learned Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries were no longer blissfully married) doesn’t necessarily tell us it is imbued with meaning.
So I will list some of the best-read posts on The Answer Sheet in 2011 that tell us about education today (and one or two that are just fun). Here they are, in no special order, except the first one, which was the best read of the year:
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