Baseball Crank
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April 6, 2005
BLOG: You Can't Handle The Truth

This is just appalling:

At Daniels Farm Elementary School in Trumbull, Connecticut, [principal Gail] 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.

Read the whole thing . . . what on earth is wrong with these people? Criticism, constructive and otherwise, is one of the harsh realities of the world. Do they really think kids who are sheltered from this fact will prosper later in life? Heck, in high school - granted, I went to an all-boys Catholic high school - we had a history teacher, best teacher I ever had, who wrote the high and low grades on the board and handed back tests in descending order, meaning that some poor schlub got the indignity of being fingered as the guy who got a 22 on a test.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:49 AM | Blog 2002-05 | Comments (5) | TrackBack (1)
Comments

These are the same tools who band dodgeball for fear of hurting kids feelings.

Posted by: That Dude from Philly at April 6, 2005 9:53 AM

This is just sick. First they take all disciplinary action out of the schools. Now they sissy it up by removing red ink. Very sad. The psycho-babble education crowd strikes again.

Posted by: atomopawn at April 6, 2005 11:36 AM

One of my favorite HS teachers used to start at the bottom and call out everyone's test grades as he went up to the top ten."

Imagine when these kids get to college and have the old crotchety prof that writes things like "you're smart enough to do better than this" on your c---.

Posted by: Drew at April 6, 2005 2:04 PM

Think on the bright side - it could have been worse. The school could have banned teachers from making ANY corrections. At least they can still correct papers - albeit with a blue or purple pen.

Posted by: Mark at April 6, 2005 6:13 PM

"who wrote the high and low grades on the board and handed back tests in descending order, meaning that some poor schlub got the indignity of being fingered as the guy who got a 22 on a test."

I think I went to that high school. Or at least a resonable facsimile.

Posted by: mfc at April 7, 2005 1:02 PM
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