A meaningful message?

“‘In the recent evaluation by the Australian Council for Educational Research, school and community members reported that Direct Instruction was having a positive impact on student outcomes, but the researchers were not yet able to say whether or not the initiative has had an impact on student learning.’

Read it five times and you will not find a sensible meaning.”

“We come to ignore what has no meaning and stop wondering if an example such as this is an unwitting idiocy or something sinister.”

These extracts have been taken from an article by Don Watson, a well-respected wordsmith and speech writer, in the ‘Weekend Australian Magazine’ of 31 Oct – 1 Nov. 2015.

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