Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Red Pen FURY!

Time to file another story under "stuff I wish I was making up." Well, actually it's past time for this one, which has been floating around out there for months (but I'm so pitifully uncreative that I'm still willing to write about it today): Marking grade-school students' homework with red ink is too damaging to their psyche, and must be stopped. Here are a few choice quotes from the latest article:
Look how sad she is--thanks to the evils of RED INK!Parents objected [to red ink]. Red writing, they said, was "stressful."

The color has become so symbolic of negativity that some principals and teachers will not touch it.

He has instructed his teachers to grade with colors featuring more "pleasant-feeling tones" so that their instructional messages do not come across as derogatory or demeaning.

...red was always in your face. It's abrasive to me. Purple is just a little bit more gentle.
Who knew the irreparable damage we've been doing our children all this time? Thank goodness we know now. You know, I smell a mascot coming on... Fury, the angry red pen! What better way to teach the teachers about the horrible dangers of the red ink.

Thank goodness for these parents. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside, don't you, too? Wait, let me try that again...

There, how's this? Doesn't this just make you feel good about yourself? Take a moment to bask in the gentle, pleasant-feeling purple. Doesn't that feel good?

Thankfully, the article does contain at least a small shred of common sense, though unfortunately it is nestled snugly at the very end of the story:
But Janet Jones, a reading and writing specialist in Charles County, Md., said: "I don't think changing to purple or green will make a huge difference if the teaching doesn't go along with it. If you're just looking at avoiding the color red, the students might not be as frightened, but they won't be better writers."
What a concept.

Source: Seattle Times
Categories: News, Culture

2 Comments:

Blogger glitchus said...

I certainly can't mark this in red. You are a superior writer when compared to Joel Connelly of the Seattle P.I. He has a problem when correcting peoples grammar who happen to disagree with him, in that he actually makes worse mistakes than those that he corrects (I've been there...it also doesn’t help that I have the disadvantage of two finger pecking on a Japanese keyboard…but arguing with him is about as productive as sneaking up on a tree.)

7:25 PM, April 05, 2005  
Anonymous Glitchus said...

I certainly can't mark this in red. You are a superior writer when compared to Joel Connelly of the Seattle P.I. He has a problem when correcting peoples grammar who happen to disagree with him, in that he actually makes worse mistakes than those that he corrects (I've been there...it also doesn’t help that I have the disadvantage of two finger pecking on a Japanese keyboard…but arguing with him is about as productive as sneaking up on a tree.)

7:26 PM, April 05, 2005  

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