When recognition grows for a concept like continuous improvement, it is perhaps inevitable that the terminology will be more widely used – and misused. I recently saw a striking example of this.
I had already noticed a trend of increasing use of the phrase “continuous improvement” in the field of education. In one sense, that is understandable. You could argue that educators are in the business of continually improving their students – or that continuous improvement is what education is all about. I am sure many educators see themselves this way.
However, the Ohio Department of Education has found a way to completely misuse the term. I discovered this in recent news reports about the
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Continuous improvement is a way of operating. It is an approach and, more importantly, a philosophy – the idea that you can always make things better. It is not a grade or a ranking or a category or a classification. Not only is
I am a journalist by background, so I tend to focus on word usage perhaps more than most people. However, this is not just about word usage. When the terminology surrounding an important concept is misused, it creates misunderstandings about that concept, which can damage or undermine efforts to promote valuable ideas.
It is a shame that this has happened. Someone needs to educate the state educators.