One of my biggest complaints about television coverage of education is that the reporters don't understand education and they can led by the nose by administrators who overwhelm them with educational jargon and terms like "rigor" and "best practices."
The dictionary definition of rigor is "harsh, unyielding," which does not sound like something you want to have associated with the education of American children. Those who are running our schools, however, don't have time to look in the dictionary once they have decided on the word they are going to use.
Earlier this month, I criticized the report by KOAM's Lisa Olliges on Common Core Standards because it gave short shrift to the opposition (as I noted, many educators are opposed to Common Core, but do not dare to speak out against it if they want to hold on to their jobs).
Ms. Olliges' report, however, is Emmy-worthy when compared to the accompanying report from KMBC, which fails to mention that Common Core Standards are controversial and will likely be one of the major education topics during the 2014 Missouri legislative session.