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Argot Used by Educators

Robert Heiny

Research Scientist of Learning and Education
Flight Instructor
Robert Heiny

Argot Used by Educators

EDUCATORS USE AN ARGOT that fails to direct or misdirects attention away from increasing learning promptly and sometimes dramatically, the primary reason education and schooling exist. When strung together, it appears to form "word salads." We've started compiling a list of their argot and from what that vocabulary directs attention , so it can be studied through experimental empirical research designs.

For example, educators use terms that describe people who don't learn in schools and attribute this failure to something about the person ( "he can't learn," "he's retarded," "he's a second language learner") rather than to what teachers can do to increase learning of all students to learn every lesson at a internationally acceptable level.

It's unclear the extent to which this pattern of speaking and writing is self-serving, blind acceptance, or political necessity for public support.

At the same time, it does appear to ration learning of those enrolled in public school classrooms.
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