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Educational practice shows a continual tendency to oscillate between two extremes with respect to overt and exertive activities.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, "thrust forth, push out," from Latin exertus/exsertus, past participle of exerere/exserere "thrust out, put forth," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + serere "attach, join" (see series). Meaning "put into use" is 1680s. Related: Exerted; exerting.

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