Accuracy, opinions and tone

Filling the pail

I wrote an article for Impact, the magazine of England’s new Chartered College of Teaching. They declined to print it. They had sent it out to two sets of reviewers who took issue with a number of aspects of what I had written. Given that it was essentially an opinion piece, I expected comments on accuracy: Were my figures correct? Had I correctly explained statistical significance? And so on.

I was surprised to read comments objecting to my tone or simply disagreeing with my opinions. Tone is largely subjective. Anyone reading my piece who is personally invested in metacognition and self-regulation will find the tone confronting. Others will simply find it playful.

When I commented on Twitter about the fact that the reviews took issue with some of my opinions, the College Twitter account said that I was wrong:

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