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[Susan notes: Great letter. Sue looked up Heritage pal's jargonese.]

Submitted to Washington Times but not published

To the editor

We have blamed teachers for every other ill in our society -- but really -- are we now going to blame them for "Edu-speak?" Do we really think teachers have time to sit around dreaming up terms like "standard units of learning?" Maybe Heritage Foundation President Ed. Feulner should take a closer look at the American Diploma Project reports that he pays such homage to in his editorial [Flunking the Jargon Test, Ed Feulner March 6.]. This classic line of edu-babble drivel comes right out of the American Diploma Project's "College and Workplace Readiness Benchmarks and Samples" report ...

"Defining rigor is handled differently in the mathematics benchmarks, with the inclusion of sample problems embedded within the benchmarks themselves to illustrate the quality and complexity of the corresponding mathematics benchmark." (pg. 23).

Sue Allison

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