1. The quality of being extremely thorough and careful.
2. severity or strictness.
3. (when pluralized) harsh and demanding conditions
In education (as in other walks of life) the word rigour is usually meant in sense (1) when applied to one’s own thinking or the thinking of one’s friends or allies: “I am being rigorous. However, you, sir, are merely pedantic.”
These days, sense (2) seems to require the insertion of a prefix, as in “The moderation of our controlled assessments was over-rigorous.”
Rigour is therefore a good thing, right?
However, in my opinion it seems to be used more and more as a talisman rather than as a genuine description.
Mr Gove told the Commons: “The new specifications are more challenging, more ambitious and more…
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