The Trump administration has stumbled out of the gate, blindsiding Republicans with its failure to share information and consult on policy like the executive order on immigration.
Prof Barber, now an adviser to Pearson, the education company, argued that failure should "no longer be tolerated" in the state system. None of these sentiments sounds that jarring to us in 2015.
But at the time the TES, a teachers' newspaper, responded to this by calling it the "murder" of a school. Prof Barber's proposed fight-back against weak performance, the newspaper argued, "begs enormous questions about the nature of state education, the meaning of success and failure". This intervention against a dismal school was "not sympathetic euthanasia but premeditated murder by the Government with an instrument of its own creation." This verdict sounds absurd to us today - our attitudes are a legacy of Sir Chris' hard edges. He left a system where failure is not acceptable.
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Campuses including Cornell, the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of California, Irvine, have seen a wave of counterdemonstrations using tactics that seem jarring in the American academic context. At the University of Washington, students fought to limit the Dalai Lama’s address to nonpolitical topics. At Duke, pro-China students surrounded and drowned out a pro-Tibet vigil; a Chinese freshman who tried to mediate received death threats, and her family was forced into hiding.
jar (NOT RIGHT)
verb [I] -rr-
to disagree or seem wrong or unsuitable:
This comment jars with the opinions we have heard expressed elsewhere.
a jarring contrast
jar (NOT PLEASANT)
verb [I or T] -rr-
If a sight, sound or experience jars, it is so different or unexpected that it has a strong and unpleasant effect on something or someone:
The harsh colours jarred the eye.
A screech of brakes jarred the silence.
a jarring cry/chord
jarring coloursjar (SHAKE)
verb [I or T] -rr-
to shake or move someone or something unpleasantly or violently:
The sudden movement jarred his injured ribs.
a sudden forceful or unpleasant shake or movement:
With every jar of the carriage, the children shrieked with excitement.
a jarring tackle/collision
drown sth out phrasal verb [M] INFORMAL
If a loud noise drowns out another noise, it prevents it from being heard.