A reader suggests the execrable verb phrase, "to take ownership"; eg, "Students will take ownership of their learning by creating learning portfolios."
At the next Republican presidential debate, consider playing the Keywords for the Age of Austerity drinking game. See how much fun you could have with Scott Walker, from his loony new policy brief on breaking unions nation-wide: "Freedom and opportunity enable employees and employers to be creative, flexible, and innovative in the workplace."
“Keywords for the Age of Austerity” is a series on the vocabulary of inequality. Certain words, as Raymond Williams wrote in his 1976 classic Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, bind together ways of seeing culture and society. These shared meanings change over time, shaping and reflecting the society in which they are made. … Continue reading Keywords for the Age of Austerity 22: Collaboration (part 2 of 2)
Editor's note: this post is a collaboration. After all, to truly understand the cannibalization of a once-innocuous concept like "collaboration," one has to experience it first-hand, to step inside its proverbial bloody, desiccated skin and walk around for a bit. So I asked UK marketing consultant Bruno Diaz to help chart the use and abuse of “collaboration” … Continue reading Keywords for the Age of Austerity 22: Collaboration (1 of 2)