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What is "rigor"? In an effort to close the achievement gap we are undergoing high school redesign, and a big piece of it is establishing "adaptive pedagogy" and "authentic curriculum". One of the biggest concerns is not losing "academic rigor" in our efforts to engage all students. I have been teaching mathematics since 1998 and it seems to me that there is no commonly agreed-to definition of the term "rigor". What is meant by the term seems to change depending upon what position the speaker is trying to make. At times I can almost hear Forest Gump saying "Rigor is as rigor does." To some "rigor" is more problems on a worksheet, to others it is the ability to apply the math in a "real world" situation, and to still others it is using the math in a multi-disciplinary fashion. I get confused by a term that everybody uses, everybody claims to want, but no one seems to agree on exactly what it is.
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