The commonly accepted definitions of rigor and vigor are no
problem for most of my colleagues. Rigor and vigor are great
words for those student with a will to learn. For others,
rigor and vigor have a different meaning.
if a student is failing in our county, the teacher must
completed so much paper-work, meet and conference with so many
people, and still bear the (tax-payer) burden of guaranteed
promotion thru infallible remedial opportunities, that the
wisest course is to provide ample opportunities for extra
credit. Oral exams such as, "What is your name?" can earn
many of those extra points. Rigor and vigor -- a matter of
perspective . . .