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Red Pen Ban in London School Aims to Protect Kids’ Self Esteem

Someone thought the use of red ink leaves a bloody mark on students’ self-esteem, resulting in a red pen ban in a London primary school in the Harrow East constituency, according to the Daily Mail. The confusing part is no one knows who started it!

"It is all about not wanting to discourage youngsters if their work is marked wrong,” says Tory MP Bob Blackman. “It sounds to me like some petty edict which is nonsense.”

Bob has since taken his concerns to Parliament, where Education minister Elizabeth Truss denies government involvement. "No,” she said, “the Department does not issue guidelines which prohibit or discourage the use of red ink for marking students’ schoolwork."

The blame has since been passed to a head teacher at an undisclosed school.

What is felt throughout the constituency as a limitation on basic grading practices comes just months after a new back-to-basics National Curriculum was put into play, placing emphasis on spelling, grammar, and algebra.

All we’re thinking is that someone needs to figure out who birthed the “no red” mandate before some poor teachers’ blue pen edits blend in with the children’s own handwriting. The scandal!

Source: Daily Mail

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04.24.2013 / 04:43 AM EDT by Emmalie Vance
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