The paper strikes a conciliatory note towards the current trend of heavy handed reaction to published studies by critics and special interest groups. While it is good to accept criticism, there is a need for such criticism to be constructive, objective and not driven by a biased need to take sides. The author tries to express his views without appearing to be neutral and objective in his examination of the issue.
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In writing this piece, the author also falls prey to the politics that influence the fields of research in ways that promote dishonesty. The work is designed to sound as politically correct as possible without arousing the ire of any particular group. In doing that, the work comes across as being too tame and restricted at the expense of making an unflinching analysis of the issue.
Stover, D. (2007). Politics and research. American School Board Journal, 18-23.