Letters to the Editor

October 2, 2012

John H. Wilson: Hyperbole is losing effect

During a recent observation of an elementary classroom teacher’s lesson, I noted the following responses to her students’ answers: seven uses of “awesome,” four of “incredible,” four of “exactly,” three of “wow” and three of “absolutely.” All of these acknowledgments were for routine and simple answers that did not demand deep and complex thinking. More appropriate might have been “correct,” “that’s right,” “OK” or “yes.”

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