On Sunday, I posted a blog about 10 words that should be banished from our educational vocabulary, which you can read here. The blog post brought in numerous comments that ranged from readers adding to the words that should be banned, and others who thought that I should be ashamed of myself for adding certain words.
I understand that the words on the list are words that are used in very positive ways in many schools. And I also understand that some of the negative ways those words on the list are used are in ways that are contrary to what the words actually mean.
That was part of the point of the blog.
Truth be told, I use some of the words I put on that list. However, there were other words that I didn't add, although they come up in certain circles as having bad connotations. Overall, I believe we have to get a better understanding of why the words on that list are seen as so negative.
The words I chose to add to the list were grit, rigor, accountability, mandates, standardized, data, achievement, technology, and high stakes testing (yes, I know that's 3 words. I was actually going to title the blog, Have These 10 Words Fallen Out of Fashion? I decided to use stronger language, not just for the purpose of a stronger title, but because there are educators who actually believe these words should be banned.
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