It should be observed, of course, that no school, vocational or not, is helped by a confusion over its purpose.

The words in bold are where I do not understand. Any kind of help are going to be appreciated, thanks in advance.

  • @WS2 Owing to your re-writing of this sentence, I kinda understand this sentence. But I still confused about the grammar, "vocational or not", is this frequently used?
    – Rowan
    Dec 3, 2015 at 13:11
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    "vocational or not" is a short way of writing "...no school, whether it is vocational or not vocational, is..." Yes, this is very common.
    – stangdon
    Dec 3, 2015 at 15:24

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The sentence is grammatical and its meaning is not in dispute.

But it lacks concision, and its comprehension would benefit from a bit of reorganisation.

How about: Clearly, no school, vocational or otherwise, benefits from confusion as to its purpose?

Do you really need the It should be observed that, of course...? It adds to the verbosity and doesn't seem to say anything important.

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