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Is the Education Reform World Filled with Too Much Jargon?

What does "authentic, inquiry-based learning" even mean? It might be time for a moratorium on meaningless edu-speak.

Have you ever wondered what it means when a school district official says they're "drilling down" into "student achievement data"? If so, you're not alone. With education reform hitting the mainstream, more edu-speak is out there than ever before—and it makes understanding just what is or isn't working in education reform confusing for everyone. Thankfully, on his Learning Matters blog, well-respected veteran education reporter John Merrow calls for a moratorium on the overuse of educational jargon.

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Video: A Brief History of the School Bus

Why are school buses yellow? How many miles to the gallon does the average school bus get? How many miles does the average school bus travel?

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Why are school buses yellow? How many miles to the gallon does the average school bus get? And how many miles does the average school bus travel?
In 1992, John Merrow, education correspondent for PBS' NewsHour, immersed himself with school bus riders and drivers. Around that time, Houston's school buses got a whopping seven miles to the gallon and traveled over 15 million miles each year \n—and today, it's not much better.

Are you familiar with other cities doing similarly innovative things involving student transport?

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