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New Vocabulary Changes Perceptions of Public Education

As charter schools proliferate in struggling urban areas, policymakers are substituting new words for old terms to inject a sense of esteem into the concept of public education.

Substitute teacher Nemir Naayem watches the hallways at Austin Premiere Academy during TAKS testing.

As charter schools proliferate in struggling urban areas, policymakers are substituting new words for old terms to inject a sense of esteem into the concept of public education. Researchers say the idea goes back centuries, and that using words like “academy” and “scholar” instead of “school” and “student” goes a long way toward positively changing the way students and teachers think about education. (NPR)

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