by Ross Peters | Vice President of School Strategy, EXPLO Elevate
Originally published on EXPLO Elevate.
Educators love words—knowing them, using them, stretching them, and even at times, creating them. There have been instances in our work that we have created so many words, or stretched existent words so far away from their original meaning, that we cannot always understand each other. Even more, when we have created such esoteric language, language meant for a relatively small group of those initiated into a particular lexicon or dialogue, we have cut others off from understanding what we are talking about. This use of vocabulary creates a kind of fog around meaning, and it creates needless mystery. It creates a club at the moment we most need inclusion. In such cases language that should connect us to others through shared meaning can, somewhat ironically, separate us from it.