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Do We Really Want Rigor For Our Kids?

Publication Date: 2003-01-02

It's important to look carefully at the words we use to describe the way we work with children. We must also be vigilant about the words other people use.

Next time someone tells you that the schools need more rigorous standards, send them these definitions!

Rigor: a harsh or cruel act; a state of rigidity in living tissues or organs that prevents response to stimuli; death stiffening; inclemency; rugged sternness; relentless severity; cruelty; severity of life; voluntary submission to pain; inflexibility; something hard to endure.

--From Dictionary Dot.com

Strictness or severity, as in temperament, action, or judgment.

A harsh or trying circumstance; hardship.
See Synonyms at difficulty.
A harsh or cruel act.

Medicine. Shivering or trembling, as caused by a chill.

Physiology. A state of rigidity in living tissues or organs that prevents response to stimuli.

Syn: Stiffness; rigidness; inflexibility; severity; austerity; sternness; harshness; strictness; exactness.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, ? 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.


n 1: something hard to endure; "the asperity of northern winters" [syn: asperity, grimness, hardship, rigour, severity, rigorousness] 2: the quality of being logically valid [syn: cogency, validity, rigour]

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