In May of 2019 the Guardian updated its style guide and publicly announced that they would be changing their use of terms regarding the environment. "Climate change" was replaced by "climate emergency, crisis, or breakdown." Editor-in-chief, Katherine Viner explained, "The phrase 'climate change' for example, sounds rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity." Several other media outlets followed the Guardian's example.
The learning day is grounded in language. Academically, we view language through four lenses: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Of these, reading has the greatest impact on academic outcomes.
“The truth of what you say is what really matters,
Research shows that across the nation, students could lose anywhere from six- to twelve months of learning due to the COVID-related changes in learning environments, yet experts are still unclear in how critical these gaps will be for all student populations. This is especially concerning in regard to reading proficiency, which requires kids to stay motivated and find reading materials that they enjoy.