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  •  I'm sure you realize that this diary is a (8+ / 0-)

    tongue-in-cheek perhaps sardonic shot at mostly meaningless phrases that infest the educational community. Or maybe not.

    I know more expect these words to be banished than LSSU expects "the new normal" or "ginormous" to be banished.

    The term Orwellian could very well the attempt by the opponents of public education to twist words and phrases to serve their political agenda. If it sounds like I have very little respect for their methods, their language, and their so-called "scientifically based research", it is because I don't.

    As far as the RW "reformers" making hay out this, have at it. I welcome the challenge.

    For instance, when they use the phrase "What's best for kids", it is a signal that they have basically lost the debate and have fallen back on this tired canard, implying that if I don't accept their framing and their viewpoint then I don't want what's best for kids. I have over 42 demonstrated that I care about my students. I have no problem standing on my record.

    If they want to have a serious discussion, wonderful. If they simply want to take cheap shots at my profession, I'm going to shoot back.

    A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

    by slatsg on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 06:51:54 AM PDT

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    •  But I'd shoot back by reappropriating the phrases (1+ / 0-)
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      They're pretty decent phrases for the most part; the ones I don't like, it's because they're hackneyed rather than because they're irretrievably bad.  

      Romney '12: Bully for America!

      by Rich in PA on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 07:06:33 AM PDT

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