Doublespeak of the week
Want to find a gentle way to call something a failure?
This may be one of my all-time favorite examples of “Doublespeak,” and it manages to do just that. It’s a quote from an article in last week’s New York Times about the failure of the New York City Education Department’s Teacher Performance Unit to rid the public school system of inadequate teachers:
Joel I. Klein, the schools chancellor, said that the team, whose annual budget is $1 million, had been “successful at a far too modest level.”
That’s it. I didn’t flunk high school calculus. I was just successful at far too modest a level.