Thursday, April 29, 2010

Talk about a pig in a python

A recent post of mine over on the Blog at

Talk about a pig in a python
Jim Fedako

The Teachers College of Columbia University publishes TCRecord, an online version of the Teachers College Record. For those who do not know, the Teachers College is one of the nerve centers of Progressive education. All the evil -isms of the day have a home there.

TCRecord sent out a recent email that included an
article lamenting the supposed youth obesity crisis.

Of course, no crisis can exist without associated hyperbole. This, for example:

Today fully one-third of children and adolescents are obese (having a weight to height ratio at or above the 95th percentile for age and gender) or overweight (85th percentile).

When one-third of a group is at or above the group's 85th percentile, you have a real pig in a python. And catchy hyperbole as well.

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