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A Menu for the Rhetoric of the Global Economy Smokescreen

Posted: 2012-03-17

Note: This chart is from What Happened to Recess and Why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten? (2002). It is clearly the source of Arne Duncan's speeches.

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Column A

Assessing
Producing
Reforming
Restructuring
Competing
Networking
Investing
Initiating
Institutionalizing
Implementing
Reinventing
Assuring
Transforming
Facilitating
Innovating
Disseminating
Collaborating
Formulating
Strategizing
Allocating
Benchmarking
Validating
Standardizing
Rewarding
Targeting
Column B

Clearly-articulated
Best-performing
Technology-based
Information-age
Twenty-first century
Cost-effective
World-class
Data-driven
Fact-based
Low-performing
Back-to-basics
Cutting-edge
Data-warehoused
Teacher-proof
Blue-ribbon
Needs-driven
Long-term
Step-by-step
User-friendly
Rubrics-based
High-stakes
State-mandated
Needs-assessed
New-economy
State-of-the-art
Column C

National Consensus
Accountability systems
Global economy
Education output
Academic standards
Goals implementation
Business intelligence solutions
Benchmarking initiative
Knowledge systems integrator
Public accountability
Market forces
Industry needs
Information infrastructure
Instructional applications
Networked solutions
Significant learning targets
Reform process
Education stakeholders
Authentic assessment tool
Advanced systems measurement
Resource allocation
Goal consensus
Framework essentials
Quality assurance
Information dissemination

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