This is mainly to my academic friends out there.

Around this time, faculty and graduate students are notified as to whether or not their super-awesome proposals to the American Educational Research Association (AERA) have been accepted. Posts to social media regarding the status of these proposals come in three distinct varieties:

  1. “Aw shucks, only four of my five proposals were accepted!?!” (why should a person get so many slots anyway? There should be a rule against that).
  2. “My proposal(s) was/were not accepted. Oh well, it’s too expensive anyway.” (It is).
  3. “I was neither accepted nor rejected because I didn’t even apply. Suckers!”

I’ve “presented” at AERA before. As an academic, it was important to go. It looked good on a CV, and maybe you got to reconnect with people you don’t see very often. I’m also told that the conference sex is amazing (gross).

AERA never really did anything for me. As a teacher now, it does even less.

Here’s the thing humblebraggers: no one really cares outside your bubble. As long as this “research” is hidden behind expensive paywalls, it will do little to nothing to actually impact the real work of educators.

Enjoy your moment. And for many research proposals presented at AERA, this may be the only time your ideas will see the light of day, especially if you publish it in a mainstream journal.

Seriously, open source it people if you want to do some good.