Not a “good job”

Even – or perhaps especially – in education, we play such silly name games.

The latest:  schools that avoid labeling students “gifted,” by using terms such as “novice” and “expert.”

I can understand the pushback.  After all, the all-purpose “good job,” which often awards a child who merely does what he should do, has created a generation of what some call “praise junkies.”

But changing the labels won’t guarantee students meet or exceed their potential.  To do that, we need the wholesale revolution of the educational system that’s been discussed for decades.


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