Thursday, April 28, 2011

My rebuttle to an article, "The Joys of Jargon"....this not how we choose to speak, write, or plan.

Dear Mr. Murrow,
I am an educator. Upon reading your article about educational jargon, , I feel the need to clarify a very important point: it's not the actual teachers who enjoy using jargon such as "academic rigor" (whatever that means, really) or "data-driven instruction" (looking at test scores and basing our teaching on it as if it were the Holy Bible) Please understand that we hate it just as much as you do, but are forced to use it by "reformers" and administrators. Please allow me to quote your article:

"Do some educators obfuscate because they think it makes them sound more professional? Are some educators so deep in the weeds of their profession that they have forgotten how to communicate with ordinary folks?"

 Please don't think we actually feel validated educationally or professionally in any way using this repetitive, ambiguous language. It sucks the life out of my planning and teaching. You may want to consider revising your article and replacing every word "educator" with "reformer". As much as I agree with your outlook on jargon, I feel that you tone is very anti-teacher, counterproductive, and a little ignorant of the fact that teachers are in the MOST precarious position in this fight against Education Reform. It is surprising to me that you would use this language when you have been interviewing educators for 35 years. American Citizens, especially parents (I'm one, too and I am very careful not to blame my child's teacher for the idiotic educational practices and rhetoric of today) need to stop blaming us for what we are being blackmailed into and look to the real source of  the tyranny: Corporate Education Policy Makers. You know, those disgustingly rich CEOs and politicians who impose high-stakes standardized testing on our students to the point that they are so stressed out that middle schoolers are drinking vodka in school and hiding feces in classrooms three days before the test. Those same "reformers" who sell their expensive testing materials to public school districts and pocket millions in the process of violating our childrens' right to an interactive education.

Please, do not put myself or my comrades in the same intellectual category as the Corporate Education Deformers.  Trust me, most of us politically informed teachers want all of them to go to Hell, too.

All The Best,
Mrs. ChalkDuster


  1. "I feel that you tone is very anti-teacher, counterproductive, and a little ignorant of the fact that teachers are in the MOST precarious position in this fight against Education Reform."

    Thank you for saying so, Mrs. ChalkDuster! That's what I think every time I read one of his articles. GREAT GREAT blog!! :)

    p.s. OOOOooooh. I just saw my blog on your list!! THANK YOU! THAT IS SO EXCITING!!!

  2. You are welcome. That's actually the only article of his I have read...I'm afraid to read more. It might infuriate me too much.

    Thanks for reading! I can't wait till summer, I'll be able to write so much more.