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Weasel Words

Posted: 2005-07-01

Whenever you see these words connected to education, read carefully and resist much. You are in the presence of what George Orwell called "a catalogue of swindles and perversions."




  • all students


  • skills systematically developed


  • measure student learning


  • you can't manage what you don't measure


  • scientifically-based research


  • scientific methods


  • proven education methods


  • rapid, evidence-driven progress


  • clear, honest, bold data


  • schools, just like any business


  • stronger accountability for results


  • reward positive results


  • clinical settings/practices


  • enriched career advancement structures


  • competitive compensation structures


  • highly qualified teacher


  • preparing students for 21st century/for global economy


  • the knowledge supply chain


  • education as struggle/battle/war


  • education reform


  • rigor


  • stakeholders


  • Ask whoever uses the above terms why the following words are missing.



  • autonomy


  • bliss


  • curiosity


  • democracy


  • esteem


  • fun


  • generosity


  • generosity


  • heart


  • imagination


  • joy


  • kindness


  • laughter


  • meaning


  • neighborliness


  • opportunity


  • pride


  • quirkiness


  • respect


  • spirit


  • tolerance


  • uniqueness


  • virtue


  • whimsy


  • Xanaduness


  • yumminess


  • zeal
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