Red Ink Banned In UK Schools

December 26, 2008

UK (ChattahBox) – In the growing trend of student friendly measures to increase self esteem, a new ban of red ink has some critics wondering: how far is too far?

Calling the use of red ink ‘confrontational’ and ‘potentially upsetting’ to school children, hundreds of schools across the United Kingdom have banned the use of red ink for school paper corrections. Instead, they have been asked to use more soothing colors, such as blue, green, pink, or yellow, in order to promote a more positive response and encourage children to feel alright about having to correct mistakes.

But not everyone agrees with this new method, and some are accusing teachers of being too eager to promote an unfounded sense of worth that has not been earned.

‘Banning red ink is absolutely barmy.  Common sense suggests that children learn by their mistakes and occasionally they need upsetting to teach them to pull their socks up,” Nick Seaton, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education commented. ‘
Self-esteem has to be built on genuine achievement, not mollycoddling, which only harms children in the long-run. Red ink is the quickest way for pupils to see where they are going wrong and raise standards. I give teachers who have ditched their red pens nought out of ten. They’ve failed.’

If banning red ink keeps the future generation from using terms like ‘barmy’ and ‘mollycoddling’, I am totally for it!


2 Responses to “Red Ink Banned In UK Schools”

  1. Throbert McGee on December 27th, 2008 12:30 am

    Um, as long as kids are still losing points for mistakes (as they should), what difference does it make what color the ink is?

  2. Stephen Elliott, on December 27th, 2008 8:47 am

    You won’t find ‘barmy’ and ‘mollycoddling’ in the Oxford Junior Dictionary, the latest textbook to adopt the therapeutic lexicon in its entirety. Prizes for everyone, self-assessment and a themes based curriculum are destroying the British education system.

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