Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Should Students Know SAT Words?
Obsequious, insouciant, ignominious, incredulous … the list goes on and on and on. These are the sorts of words that pop up on the SAT verbal section, and they are the cause of constant cramming among high school students. In fact, there is an entire industry of prep guides and courses to increase vocabulary skills for the SAT. The ACT by contrast does not share this focus on recognition and knowledge of occasionally obscure and even archaic word choice. Is this good pedagogy? Is the knowledge of more words necessary and in the best interest of our students? James Murphy, writing for The Atlantic, makes a "Case for SAT Words."