Evidence? They Can’t Handle the Evidence

In the spring of 2005 several months before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, I attended the annual ASCD conference in that city—for my first and only time. Sessions at ASCD were not only sponsored by vendors, but vendors themselves were presenting. That conference was a disturbing lesson in the commodification of education. Fast-forward to the December […]

NCTE Wins Its Own Doublespeak Award for LEARN Dissembling?

From Susan Ohanian and Steve Krashen: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The NCTE gives The Doublespeak Award annually to those “who have perpetuated language that is grossly deceptive, evasive, euphemistic, confusing, or self-centered.” Previous winners include George W. Bush, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Exxon, the National Rifle Association, and the Tobacco Industry. NCTE deserves the award for […]

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