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Woodson High principal Cleo Davis Jr.’s letter (The Mail, 5/2) clarifies the crisis in D.C. schools. Davis confuses polysyllabic phrases with erudition. And Davis must also believe that the use of multiple adjectives and complex phrases conveys conviction and emotion. Not so.

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How can an “educator” who prefers puffery to clear, simple sentences assess the performance of teachers? If my children’s school leaders distributed a letter like that, I’d call for change.

I hope Gen. Becton will read the letter and agree.

Arlington, Va.

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