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[Susan notes: Three cheers! Sue nails Heritage AND the American Diploma Project on edu-babble drivel.]

Published in Washington Times

To the editor

Translating 'edu-speak'

We have blamed teachers for every other ill in our society, but really, are we going to blame them for "edu-speak," too? Do we really think teachers have time to sit around dreaming up terms such as "standard units of learning"? Maybe Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner should take a closer look at the American Diploma Project reports to which he pays such homage in his editorial "Flunking the jargon test" (Commentary, Saturday). 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"(Page 23).

Sue Allison

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