You can’t talk about American schools today without hearing that classes are not “rigorous” enough. The rigorists warn us that if we don’t have tougher standards, more homework, and more curriculum packed in, we’ll “fall behind” the rest of the world in “competitive skills.” If you look up ‘rigorous’ in the dictionary, you’ll find it means “strict,” “severe,” and even “stiff or cold” (think: rigor mortis). Fortunately, there’s another way: making school more “vigorous,” which is defined by “liveliness”, “healthy growth,” force and energy (think: invigorate!). The educational rigorists may be the loudest today, but there are educational vigorists all across America who are working hard to push our schools to be less rigorous (strict and severe) and more vigorous (enlivening and healthy). With the Rigorous to Vigorous project, I aim to produce bite-sized content that fights back against rigorist propaganda, while promoting the work of educators invigorating classrooms across the country.