Home » ExchangeEveryDay » Do We Want Rigorous Education?

ExchangeEveryDay Past Issues

<< Previous Issue | View Past Issues | | Next Issue >> ExchangeEveryDay
Do We Want Rigorous Education?
July 24, 2002

"The longer I live, the more I believe the effects of birth order in our lives." —Frances Weaver


The Public Education Network's Weekly NewsBlast for July 5, 2002 offered this tidbit...

"While some adults may shake their heads at the changing lexicon of students, Sara Matthews noticed much the same phenomenon in the language of educators. The current word of fashionable choice is 'rigorous.' All schools proudly claim to be 'rigorous,' and all teachers within schools are eager to have their classes and curricula be rigorous. Indeed, rigorous schools, rigorous classrooms, and a rigorous curriculum are all in keeping with current recommendations. 'When you don't know a word, look it up,' Ms. Matthews tells her students. So, taking her own advice, she went to the dictionary and found these definitions of rigorous: 1. very strict or harsh, 2. very severe or sharp. How did the word 'rigorous' come to be the mantra of modern-day education -- and what does it say about us?"

To learn more about the PEN Weekly NewsBlast, send an email to [email protected]

To explore a wide range of non-severe training materials, check out the Beginnings Workshop reprints in the Exchange Bookstore at www.ChildCareExchange.com.


Delivered five days a week containing news, success stories, solutions, trend reports, and much more.

What is ExchangeEveryDay?

ExchangeEveryDay is the official electronic newsletter for Exchange Press. It is delivered five days a week containing news stories, success stories, solutions, trend reports, and much more.

Post a Comment

Have an account? to submit your comment.


Your e-mail address will not be visible to other website visitors.

Check the box below, to help verify that you are not a bot. Doing so helps prevent automated programs from abusing this form.

Disclaimer: Exchange reserves the right to remove any comments at its discretion or reprint posted comments in other Exchange materials.