The correction’s culture: to show the error is to love, not to criticize

When is about correction, many factors are combined in the reaction of a person when an error is pointed out: school traumas, the false belief that being native speakers of certain language makes us experts on the rules and exceptions of it, and specially the cultural significance that can exist because of the representation of the error and the others’ criticisms within the society.

A way of looking for the balance in the correction field, is to promote a healthy attitude between the error and change; in other words, to promote a ¬ęcorrection culture¬Ľ. Mutual respect and the love for a job well done are two key elements of success in the process of reading and correcting each other.

Finally, it is necessary to separate the error from those emotional elements that make us think,wrongly, that criticizing the product means criticizing the person. The mere fact of seeing the error when there is still time to correct it, is an opportunity to improve on time, instead of regret the mistakes when too much money and time have been already wasted.

This way, the criticism and pointing out the errors are not perceived as a threat to the person or as a badly meant effort to end a project; instead, we find the real constructive criticism: we see the error and justify it, so the person in charge can take the measures to correct it immediately, when the opportunity is still there and neither money has been wasted nor others (the readers) have been harmed. Detecting the error on time is just the first step to correct it.