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Red pens too agressive, teachers told.
- December 6th, 2008 @ 03:24 AM
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TEACHERS have been told to stop marking schoolchildren's work with red pen because it is an "aggressive" colour.
Queensland's Deputy Opposition Leader Mark McArdle told parliament today that teachers were being advised to reconsider their pen choice because it may offend children.
Mr McArdle tabled a Queensland Health document proposing "strategies for addressing mental health wellbeing in any classroom".
It says: "Don't mark in a red pen (which can be seen as aggressive) - use a different colour."
"Given your 10-year-old Labor government presides over the lowest numeracy and literacy standards of any state in Australia, don't you think it's time we focused on classroom outcomes rather than these kooky, loony, loopy, lefty policies?" Mr McArdle asked.
Premier Anna Bligh called the question trivial at a time of "such economic peril".
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They may say red is aggressive and reminds of blood, but geez, black is often associated with death - that doesn't mean seeing their papers commented in black ink makes them suicidal. I don't think it's the color per se that demoralises children, but the manner their error is pointed out. I have seen papers that are commented on rather harshly.
Is this the work of the super extreme left-winged liberals wanting to make everything perfect for little Suzie and Waldo?
An increasingly popular grading theory insists red ink is stressful and demoralizes students, while purple, the preferred color, has a more calming effect.
Irvine said that in elementary schools, it's unnecessary to point out every error. Instead, a teacher should find a more delicate way to help a child learn.
"This is a kinder, more gentler education system," Paper Mate spokesman Michael Finn said. "And the connotation of red is that it is not as constructive as purple."
"We try to be as gentle as we can and not slice children's thoughts to pieces with a red pen," said Laurie Francis, principal of Del Mar Hills Academy. "The red mark is associated with 'This is wrong,' and as you're trying to guide students in the revision process, it doesn't mean this is wrong. It's just here's what you can do better."
"If it's in red, they want to put it in their desks real quickly so nobody else can see," she said. "If it's in another color, they're a little more comfortable."
Lorri Santamaria, who instructs aspiring teachers at California State University San Marcos, said callous grading can cause kids to loathe school, and she cautions her students against correcting tests in red.
"And, of course, kids also like purple because it's the color of Barney."
Last edited by Wade8813; December 6th, 2008 at 09:42 AM..
I'm sick of this coddling bull****. You know what hurts the eyes? A failing grade, not the ink it's written in. In which case, the kids need to get smarter. People are going so soft on the new generations that it kind of scares me as to what kind of future mankind has when left in the hands of these soft, overly spoiled, extremely pampered and hyper-protected next generation.
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