Seeing red, or green, or purple, or ...

WASHINGTON Apr 4, 2005 — Of all the things that can make a person see red, school principal Gail Karwoski was not expecting parents to get huffy about, well, seeing red. At Daniels Farm Elementary School in Trumbull, Conn., Karwoski's teachers grade papers by giving examples of better answers for those students who make mistakes. But that approach meant the kids often found their work covered in red, the color that teachers long have used to grade work.

Parents objected. Red writing, they said, was "stressful." The principal said teachers were just giving constructive advice and the color of ink used to convey that message should not matter. But some parents could not let it go.

So the school put red on the blacklist. Blue and other colors are in. (Full story)

You have to be kidding. Right? I mean, is this really important? Is it? Does it rank up there with world peace or John Ford's ethics? Or lack of them? When I taught, at first I only used red to grade papers. Sometimes it was a hassle hunting for a red pen. I didn't always have one close at hand. So I graded with whatever color pen I had handy. Sometimes in red, sometimes green, or sometimes purple. (Purple is my favorite color.) I've even used black. Never cared much for blue though. But I used whatever was handy. It didn't make a difference with my students.


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