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  • I believe I encountered ‘educanto’ (derog.: the jargon of professional educators) in one of the anti-education-establishment books I read at the time I was in teacher training in the late ’60s. If I had to guess, I’d say it was Paul Goodman’s _Compulsory_Miseducation_, but that was a long time ago.

  • Here’s a citation from 1963, Time magazine, Aug. 23, letter to the editor:

    Sir: Scholars in the academic disciplines have long suspected that pretentious educationist jargon [Aug. 9] betrays a scarcity of actual content. This “educanto” seems to be a brave facade hiding a bleakness of thought, a paucity of ideas and an intellectual immaturity.

    E. R. LOCKE
    Orlando, Fla.

    URL: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,875071-4,00.html#ixzz0gfP3alvr

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