Education: WHAT DO YOU MEAN? NOTHING/

IN the 50-odd years since Education earned its "E" as a science, the language of the teacher has undergone a gobbledygookish change. A kid no longer has pals; he has a "peer group." He does not study subjects but goes through "a learning experience." And his job often seems less to master the three Rs than to satisfy his "real life" and/or "felt needs." In a new book called Translations from the English (Simon & Schuster; $1.95), Robert Paul Smith, author of the bestselling "Where Did You Go?" "Out." "What Did You Do?" "Nothing.", takes up the problem of how to...

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