Battle of the trade publications

Filling the pail

The Times Educational Supplement (TES), a weekly trade newspaper from the UK, has launched an astonishing attack on the rival publication, Impact, the magazine of England’s new Chartered College of Teaching (disclosure: Impact is the magazine that recently declined to print an article of mine).

According to Charlotte Santry of the TES, “the latest issue of the journal contains several articles about teaching practice that contain apparent conflicts of interest.”

This seems a little rich, given the commercial interests that the TES itself promotes. For instance, the TES is quite happy to publish sponsored articles, from large multinational companies. They also make money by running an exchange for teachers to sell resources to each other. This has been highly controversial, with many teachers opposed to the principle and some instances where sellers have seemingly passed-off the work of others as their own.

By contrast, Impact has committed the…

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