Letters extra: Oxymoron, anyone?

16th May 2003 at 01:00

While wholeheartedly supportive of "targeting creativity" ( TES May 2), I cannot help remarking that it is a form of "oxymoronic" thinking. Targeting implies a precise, measurable, predictable process while creativity implies the reverse. Nevertheless your oxymoron is a memorable one.

It got me thinking about other possible oxymorons. The following came to mind: ministerial understanding, DfES transparency, Ofsted sensitivity, QCA efficiency, TTA relevance, union unanimity, New Labour modesty, Conservative compassion, Liberal Democrat assertiveness and American diplomacy.

Perhaps your readers could offer others?

Professor Colin Richards
Cumbria

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