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Monday, December 29, 2008

Prats of The Week - The Dangers of Red Ink

Prats of The WeekTis the year end, and time for my very last "Prats of The Week" Award for 2008.

This week's award goes to the prats in Nanny's educashunal department, who have banned teachers in schools across the country from marking pupils' work with red pens.

For why?

Red, in Nanny's view, upsets and demoralises the kids as it is "confrontational" and "threatening".

Crofton Junior School, in Orpington, has banned red ink. Its Marking Code of Practice states:

"Work is generally marked in pen – not red – but on occasion it may be appropriate to indicate errors in pencil so that they may be corrected."

Headmaster Richard Sammonds said:

"Red pen can be quite demotivating for children. It has negative, old-school connotations of See me and Not good enough".

Good grief!

How are children meant to achieve their best, if they are not stretched and challenged?

What use will these children be as adults, if they have never faced failure and constructive criticism?

We are breeding a nation of passive intellectual immature dullards.

Nanny's educashunal department, well deserving "Prats of The Week"!

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  1. "Red pen can be quite demotivating for children. It has negative, old-school connotations of See me and Not good enough".

    Funny then, isn't it, that "old school" methods produced better results. Every now and again, students need to be told that their writing is utter bollocks and that no one in his right mind would ever read from interest any of the worthless shite they put down on paper. If you teach, try it sometime. My students usually laugh, knowing full well that they've tried to pass rubbish off as decent writing.

    When I first started teaching, one of my colleagues would draw a bright red line through one section of the student's essay, usually around the second paragraph. She would then write beside this line, again, in nasty, demotivating red ink, "I stopped reading here. F"

    I don't think we're allowed to do that sort of thing now, and I teach in a university. Fear of lawsuits and so forth. Pity.

  2. Anonymous3:00 PM

    "Red pen can be quite demotivating for children. It has negative, old-school connotations of See me and Not good enough".

    A damned sight less demotivating than being hauled to the front of class and getting the slipper....

  3. Anonymous3:50 PM

    Ohhhhhhh; I hope HMRC will stop sending final demands in red ink as well then....If only they knew what it was doing to people psychologically:-))

  4. And the second-place winner - once again, the NHS.

    Seems the "Service" has put out a press release announcing the absolute success of a program which is to be evaluated late next year.

    *Sunday Papers*

  5. Anonymous1:10 AM

    What is going to happen when this generation of little spoiled shits try to become airline pilots or Doctors?

  6. Anonymous10:42 AM

    ...or teachers


  7. Anonymous12:37 PM

    Anonymous... they'll be welcomed with open arms!

  8. Anonymous11:11 PM

    I would not have any of those little spoiled bitches treat my kids or fly my dog anywhere.

  9. Anonymous2:42 PM

    When I was at school, if I got things wrong, as I invariably did like everyone else, the teachers crossed it out using red ink, and often added comments as well. It didn't do me any harm, in fact it motivated me to do better next time.

  10. Anonymous5:03 PM

    I use red ink to mark/correct work as it makes it easy to distinguish my lucid comments from their inane ramblings. I could use green ink, but that also has particular connotations...