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Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

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12:33p
Marking in red ink banned in case it upsets schoolchildren
As an Objectivist might say: I swear by my life and my love for it that I am not making this up. Or, as scifi fans might say, may the Shogun of the Dark send a suicide-squadron of biologically-altered albino Human-Plutonian-hybrid ninja-cyborg space-pirate fembots in form-fitting power armor, addicted to psionic spice and trained since childhood in Cthulhian martial arts, use the long-lost Golden Flying Unicycle of Hell technique send death-vibrations through my anterior chakres to make my brain explode into subatomic plasma if I am lying.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/3964683/Marking-in-red-ink-banned-in-case-it-upsets-schoolchildren.html


They are scrapping the traditional method of correcting work because they consider it "confrontational" and "threatening".

Pupils increasingly find that the ticks and crosses on their homework are in more soothing shades like green, blue, pink and yellow or even in pencil

[...]

But the opposition to using red ink is now a worldwide trend with recent guidelines to schools in Queensland, Australia warning that the colour can damage students psychologically.

 

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