Monday, April 4

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN GRADING PAPERS

What will they think of (or think not to do) next? Apparently parents of students at a school in Conneticutt decided that "red ink" used by teachers in correcting and grading papers was simply too stressful on the youngsters, so they prevailed upon school administrators to ban "red" and require that teachers use a kinder, gentler color of ink. Unbelievable! As this Associated Press (AP) story continues:

In many other schools, it's black and white when it comes to red. The color has become so symbolic of negativity that some principals and teachers will not touch it.

"You could hold up a paper that says 'Great work!' and it won't even matter if it's written in red," said Joseph Foriska, principal of Thaddeus Stevens Elementary in Pittsburgh.

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.


My question is how did we older Americans (I'm of the so-called "baby boomer generation") ever survive our upbringing and school years given all of the "political correctness" that is now in vogue? I have had many an essay corrected or a test scored (or, later in college, a "Blue Book" exam written up) IN RED. And my psyche wasn't irrevocably damaged or my feelings crushed.

I suppose when these youngsters grow up and some of them enter business life the term "red ink" will have to be banned as well. God forbid any of the students at Daniels Farm Elementary School ever grows up to become an accountant, CPA, or CFO!

In my humble view, spare the red, spoil the child.