The New York Times home page, NYTimes.com, reports on education news and provides a number of resources for educators, students, and those interested in education issues. However, the link to education news is currently listed under the links to classifieds, corrections, and crosswords (see http://www.nytimes.com/, left hand column, midway down the page). Given the importance of education and the amplitude of the current discussions and debates in the field, we believe it deserves a more prominent placement.
Sign the petition to Elevate Education on NYTimes.com! With your support, education will have increased visibility on NYTimes.com and share the same space with world news, politics, business, technology, health, science and travel!
Dear Editors of The New York Times,
We the undersigned believe that education is critical. Although its importance is currently defined by the national debate on school reform and its link to our nation's economic competitiveness, we believe in the ubiquity of education. As both educated citizens and readers of NYTimes.com, we are indebted to the role that education, teaching, and learning play in virtually all aspects of our daily lives.
Therefore, we are concerned by the possible message that NYTimes.com is sending to its readers regarding its stance on education, given the current placement of education on the NYTimes.com home page under the same section as classifieds, corrections, and crosswords. As committed educators and readers of NYTimes.com, we are hopeful that your organization's own commitment to the reporting and discussion of education news is worthy of a major link.
Given the magnitude of education's importance and the amplitude of the current discussions and debates in the field, we suggest that NYTimes.com create a bold, capitalized link to the education section on the left hand side of its home page, placed with the other major news sections (see http://www.nytimes.com). We believe that such placement will increase the visibility of education news on NYTimes.com and afford readers greater access to the education news and resources that NYTimes.com provides. Education is currently positioned as a news section on the Global NYTimes.com home page (see http://global.nytimes.com). We urge your organization to follow suit on the U.S. site.
Thank you for your action on this important issue.
The 1,167 Undersigned Educators and NYTimes.com Readers