You, too, can talk like an “educator.” The Washington Post explains.
At many schools, 6-year-olds don’t compare books anymore — they make “text-to-text connections.” Misbehaving students face not detention but the “alternative instruction room,” or “reinforcement room,” or “reflection room.” Children who once read now practice “SSR,” or “sustained silent reading.”
And in Maryland, high schoolers write “extended constructed responses” — the essay, in a simpler time.
“Multiple choice” is now “selected response.” ESL (English as a second language) became LEP (limited English-proficient) students and then ELL (English language learners) and now just EL (English learners). “In some schools, homeroom has become advisory or Achievement Time or even Time to Care.”
I remember when our high school library was renamed the Instructional Materials Center, soon known redundantly as the IMC Center. Guidance became the Pupil Personnel Services Center.
Robert Maeder, 17, a senior at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, finds the terms demeaning — especially “learning cottage,” instead of “classroom trailer,” and “assessment” for test.
“It’s like renaming a prison ‘The Happy Fun Place,’ ” Maeder said. “Tests should be called tests. ‘Brief constructed response’ — you just wonder why they don’t say ‘paragraph.’ It doesn’t really serve any purpose renaming them.”
Educators complain that parents aren’t involved in their children’s education, but how can parents be involved if they can’t tell an outcome-based authentic assessment from a criterion-referenced assessment?