"on the radar" as "aware of surrondings"

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 14 14:32:24 UTC 2010

In an online discussion of techniques for teaching writing, one
participant wrote about using guided writing tasks as preparation for
statewide testing.  She wrote that "Schools that are on the radar are
doing this weekly."  I searched several pages of googits and could
find no usage of "on the radar" with this meaning.  It looks as if for
her "on the radar" means "actively scanning the environment" rather
than "showing up on a scan."


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