August 22, 2017 is the work of M. J. Maddox, PhD. The content is for parents, teachers, and mature students.

Dr. Maddox writes about School Reform at the online magazine Bellaonline.


The Verb “Tread”

The verb “tread” in the sense of stepping or walking has been in the language for a thousand years. Not surprisingly, changes have taken place in how it is used.

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A Toga Is Not a Tunic

Sometimes the only solution for a writer who wants to avoid repeating a word is to rewrite the paragraph.

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Running the Gauntlet

This morning I heard an NPR reporter talking about the U.S. government’s practice of gathering data from private emails and other computer sources. He said that access to such information is limited to “qualified analysts” who can demonstrate a compelling need for the information. Then he remarked on “the legal gauntlet analysts must run through”

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Teacher or Educator?

Fred Rogers was a Teacher.

It has become fashionable for many teachers to refer to themselves as “educators.” My own preference is to reject this cold substitute for “teacher.” I’d much rather be called a teacher than an educator.

To me, the word teacher has warm connotations. A teacher leads a student of any

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What exactly is a pariah?

A “pariah” is shunned.

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