HAVING IN THE undistant past finalized a deep interface with some primary-resource persons about the incremental modes that have been implemented at a localized elementary school, we were thematically attuned to the journalistic presentation on educational jargon by staff communicator Bart Barnes on the Metro page of this particular communications outlet Monday.
The article, you may recall, described some of the professional gibberish that too many educators have been passing off as English. Sure, it's silly to hear grownups talking seriously about "media resource centers" instead of libraries, or about "marginal underachievers" instead of slightly slower learners. But the tangible bottome line - make that read real danger - is that the children may pick up this language and, heaven forfend, carry it with them into adulthood.
So were delighted to learn that some educators are beginning to rebel publicly against excesses of jargon in their field. According to the account by Mr. Barnes, one of the leading adocates of plainer English is Leory Goodman, assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He has a stock anti-jargon speech that he's been delivering to meetings of educators around the nation. The good news, according to Mr. Goodman, is that in recent months educators have been more and more receptive to his pitch.
A cheer is in order, too, for Montgomery County School Superintendent Charles M. Bernardo, who - after being criticized by a staff member for using excessive jargon - has promised to reform. County teachers also have been urged in a staff bulletin to use simpler words.
Obviously the remedy shouldn't be an all-out rush back to the old "See-Dick-run-He-is-fast" school of language. A well-stocked vocabulary is fine. It's all in the way you use it.