by John Hawkins | August 24, 2004 1:16 am
It was bad enough when public school weenies banned dodgeball & even tag in a certain schools. But, even then I didn’t realize how far these people were willing to go in their effort to turn our children into human veal (emphasis mine)…
“When it comes to correcting papers and grading tests, purple is emerging as the new red.
“If you see a whole paper of red, it looks pretty frightening,” said Sharon Carlson, a health and physical education teacher at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Northampton. “Purple stands out, but it doesn’t look as scary as red.”
“….The concept of purple as a replacement for red is a pretty good idea,” said Leatrice Eiseman, director of the Pantone Color Institute in Carlstadt, N.J., and author of five books on color. “You soften the blow of red. Red is a bit over-the-top in its aggression.”
“I do not use red,” said Robin Slipakoff, who teaches second and third grades at Mirror Lake Elementary School in Plantation, Fla. “Red has a negative connotation, and we want to promote self-confidence. I like purple. I use purple a lot.”
…Sheila Hanley, who teaches reading and writing to first- and second-graders at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Randolph, said: “Red is definitely a no-no. But I don’t know if purple is in.”
….Ruslan Nedoruban, who is entering seventh grade at his Belmont school, said red markings on his papers make him feel “uncomfortable.”
These teachers are going so far over the “sensitivity line” here that we’re almost getting into “Twilight Zone” territory. What’s next? Are they going to start sticking these kids into those plastic protective bubbles just to make sure they don’t actually hurt themselves during the day?
And what happens when the fragile little flowers who apparently can’t even handle having their papers graded in red leave the protective cocoon of their school system and go out into the “dog eat dog” world? It’s like tossing a flounder into a shark tank.
These teachers are not doing these kids any favors by treating them like they’re made of glass because they’re leaving them unprepared for the rigorous scrum that is “real life”. These kids need to be pushed and challenged, and it’s hard to imagine any teacher who actually avoids using red ink because she thinks it’s too “aggressive” demanding enough from these kids. America’s children deserve better than this…
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