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    Filed at 8:17 am under by dcobranchi

    The New York Daily News is a big paper with a circulation of almost 750,000. Which is why I find this quote fairly interesting:

    Parents learned that the charter was coming after a city educrat was seen at the building last week checking out the space.

    No scare quotes around “educrat.” Just an ordinary everyday word. Hmmm.

    2 Responses to “GOING (SORT OF) MAINSTREAM”


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    August 13th, 2006
    at 12:23 pm

    You can do away with the scarequotes but not the scare quotient . .
    Parents are publicly tarred with labels in return, called things like “charter whores” and “voucher vultures”.

    And young people suffer all sorts of derisive and dismissive labels in the media, including — but not limited to — those who don’t fit the usual school expectations and rules.

    Education Rhetoric:
    The Intemperate Pot, and the Hypocritical Kettle

    March 5, 2004
    David W. Kirkpatrick, Senior Education Fellow

    Derision breeds contempt, not clarity or progress. Any interest subgroup from Hezbollah to HSing marks itself as scary imo, when it intentionally pumps up the volume of derisive, dehumanizing words and graphics.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    August 15th, 2006
    at 11:12 am

    Finally had time to run down a current link to that Kirkpatrick column:
    This should work.

    (excerpt)
    . . . the NEA has reportedly described those who disagree with it as “congenital reactionaries, dangerous witch hunters, energized super patriots, … and vitriolic race-haters.” . . . American of Federation Teachers (AFT) President Sandra Feldman has been quoted as saying school choice supporters are “barbarians.”