Why Political Talk is So Hard

27 09 2006

It’s designed that way! And it’s not really meant as information;you can’t tell the issues without a glossary to the buzzwords. We don’t want to be informed by the news media anymore, just have our fixed views “validated.”
Or so says linguist GeoffNunberg on NPR today —

Political Glossary for the Midterm Elections

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Talk of the Nation, September 27, 2006 · Defeaticrat, culture of corruption, and security mom are all part of the election-year war of words. Guests explain the strategy behind the slogans.


Geoffrey Nunberg author most recently of the book, “Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show:;
inguist at the School of Information at Berkeley

Frank Luntz, Republican pollster

Fed Ed Science earns qualified praise?? Education Week

27 09 2006

“More focused and politically independent than its predecessor agency, the new institute also had a new mission: to foster ‘scientifically based’ research that might offer definitive insights on how to improve schooling. . .”

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IES Gets Mixed Grades as It Comes of Age
Published: September 27, 2006

U.S. education research arm earns qualified praise for playing hard role.
By Debra Viadero

The What Works Clearinghouse, an $23.4 million federal project to create an electronic version of Consumer Reports for education research, was supposed to be the institute’s main vehicle for making research more useful and user-friendly.

But observers agree that the clearinghouse has not yet lived up to that promise.
After four years in development, the clearinghouse as of last week had only highlighted eight interventions with “positive” or “potentially positive” evidence of effectiveness.

“School, Mr. Potter, Is Not the Real World”

27 09 2006

Do You-Know-Whose Side School Is On? JJ
Ministry supervisor Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter’s Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom made
the difference between School and Education
crystal-gazing clear.

– “This is School, Mr. Potter. Not the Real World,” she said softly.

– “So we’re not supposed to be prepared for what’s waiting out there?”

– “There’s nothing waiting out there . . .
who do you imagine wants to attack children like yourselves? If you are still worried, if someone is alarming you with fibs, I would like to hear about it. I am your friend. Now kindly continue your reading.