"The longer I live,
the more I believe the effects of birth order in our lives." Frances Weaver
DO WE WANT RIGOROUS EDUCATION?
The Public Education Network's Weekly NewsBlast for July 5, 2002
offered this tidbit...
"While some adults may shake their heads at the changing lexicon of students,
Sara Matthews noticed much the same phenomenon in the language of educators. The
current word of fashionable choice is 'rigorous.' All schools proudly claim to
be 'rigorous,' and all teachers within schools are eager to have their classes
and curricula be rigorous. Indeed, rigorous schools, rigorous classrooms, and
a rigorous curriculum are all in keeping with current recommendations. 'When you
don't know a word, look it up,' Ms. Matthews tells her students. So, taking her
own advice, she went to the dictionary and found these definitions of rigorous:
1. very strict or harsh, 2. very severe or sharp. How did the word 'rigorous'
come to be the mantra of modern-day education -- and what does it say about us?"
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