Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Guide to EduSpeak

what they saywhat they mean
good decisionscompliance
good choicescompliance
time managementcompliance
creativitymulticolored compliance
good studentcompliant
good parentscompliant
teachdemand compliance
teacher-parent partnershipteachers telling parents what to do
motivateapply carrots and sticks
behavior supportmonitoring and punishment
social and emotional systemdraconian discipline
good districtdistrict with well-educated parents
trust the spirallet the parents hire tutors


  1. Ha -- I've been meaning to write this very post for a while!

    "Respect" also means compliance, by the way.

    I wonder what "teach" now means.

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  3. Reposting to correct errors. FedUp, can you delete the above so our dear readers aren't forced to read two? :).

    One of my favorites here is OWNERSHIP. This became a hot edu-crap buzzword when my daughter was in about second grade. You must have ownership of your homework, the children were admonished. I grimaced even then, even before the two subsequent landmark homework books came out. It would elicit a wry giggle.

    You must have ownership of your work. Tricking the child into thinking she "owns" her work, she's in charge, she has control, she has some power. I found it particularly onerous because it was so sneaky and manipulative. At least they didn't do that to us in the sixties, they just told us to do your homework, stupid. Cos I said so. Now they spew this "ownership" group speak, when what they really mean is, do your homework, stupid. Cos I said so. At least in the sixties it wasn't all that much and you still got to go outside and play.

  4. Thanks, Chris! I added "respect" to the list. I'll think about what "teach" means.

  5. HomeworkBlues -- That "ownership" baloney reminds me of the schools' use of "contracts." Apparently if you force someone to sign a contract, then you can say they've "agreed" to do what you're forcing them to do.

  6. HWB, the "ownership" meme is so annoying. It doesn't mean the child has any control over the work they're supposed to do. If anything, it goes with the ridiculous expectation that kids will do their homework without any support from parents or teachers.

    It's also part of a very mixed message we send to kids. We tell kids to "take ownership of their work", meaning they should do all assigned work without complaining or asking for help, but at the same time we constantly monitor their behavior.

    The school says "the student should take ownership of her work" and in the same breath sends home a reading log with a required daily parental signature. There's no logic here.

  7. "good descisions" compliance

    -- Young Curmudgeon

  8. "Teach" probably means something along the lines of "brainwash" (most of the time, anyway).

  9. I love it!! I think I would have added differentiate....my definition isn't PC enough to write!

  10. parent involvement -> parent compliance to the district regulations

    Based on my university teaching experience and interaction with education professors:

    transparency -> compliance
    research-based -> a professor was paid to support it
    technology -> powerpoint

  11. Suburban Chicken FarmerJanuary 5, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    lol @ powerpoint!

    reading strategies= test taking strategies
    Critical thinking= Any quasi-complete expression (verbal, facial, guttural)
    analysis= using a highlighter

  12. Hi - I came here from Happy Elf Mom, and have been reading back for am hour. I am up to October 2011, and you are talking a lot about your daughter's struggles with reading and guessing at the words (I have this with my daughter as well). I am a homeschool mom, and since you have written about Afterschooling with Singapore Math, I thought I would suggest (obnoxiously, as this is my first time commenting here) All About Spelling. AAS is a great learn to read/spell program. I've been using it with my son (2nd-ish grade) with great success and am starting it with my daughter soon. I had so much success with it, that I've pretty much ditched all the other phonics workbooks we used. I have written a review of it on my blog if you want to check it out. I am not entirely sure what grade your daughter is in, but it covers from 1st Grade to 6th Grade and I only spend about 15 - 20 minutes a day, three times a week.

    Anyway! Just a nosy-parker stranger's two cents! Love your blog, I'm going to add it to my reader this minute.

  13. Good grief, ignore all those typos! Squawking kids came in and interrupted me...

  14. Hi, Deb! It's always good to hear from a new reader. I will definitely check out All About Spelling. The homeschooler's grapevine is a great place to learn about curriculum.

  15. Not to leave anyone out, I am of course always happy to hear from old readers too. Actually, I'm glad to hear from anyone except trolls.

  16. Here's a link to Deb's blog:

    Not Inadequate

    I love the title, BTW. "Not inadequate" is me on a good day!

  17. I see I need to add more entries to the table.

    @KimS -- ooh, I really want to hear your definition of "differentiate". The funny thing is, this is a word that I have never heard, after many hours at school conferences. Somehow the schools in my area missed this piece of jargon -- or did they use it up already?

  18. All I know is the smaller the being the more "accountability " is expected of them...the higher up you go , the less is expected. That's messed up

  19. So in other words, Anne, our kids are doing more work than the school superintendent!

    1. lol...I meant generally, but very likely you are right! Certainly more is expected of the kids day to day.