Red Pen = Aggressive Color = Bad for Kids' Mental Health!

School officials in Queensland, Australia, are worried about the mental health of kids, so they suggest that teachers don't use red pen to mark homeworks and tests because red is an aggressive color!

Other tips include structuring time for peer tutoring every day, apologizing to students when necessary and asking students to conduct a "personal skills audit" where they focus on their individual strengths rather than their weaknesses.

The kit, designed to help Queensland teachers address mental health in the classroom, suggests social and emotional wellbeing has been linked to young people's schooling, among other things.

The education aid has sparked a row in parliament, with deputy opposition leader Mark McArdle calling it "kooky, loony, loopy lefty policies."


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Red pen didn't scar me for life. As for trophies for participation, they're just kids and rewarding them for participation isn't going to make them grow up to feel that they'll make it into everything all the time (such as plays, jobs, etc.). I do agree with a lot of this, though. I wasn't good at sports and it didn't scar me for life to be picked last for a team. I learned fairly early in life that encountering rude peers was a fact of life. Kids shouldn't have to endure horrific ordeals, but they should be taught to have a thicker skin. It also doesn't help that sometimes young people who are given a hard time by a few people have their so called supporters going up to them and going, "Oh, everybody makes fun of you, blah blah." What message does that send? If you're young and you do things in a way that they're not used to seeing, then it's going to meet with a fair amount of disapproval. That's a fact of life. Don't try to teach them to feel sorry for themselves. Sorry, but I think those who claim to "champion the underdog" don't have much sense and are people who make hasty and inappropriate assumptions.
Anyway, I think that red pen is fine.
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School officials, namely stupid psychologists who are very comfortable in their seats doing nothing and have nothing else to do but to add nonsense to the world around. Why students were not committing suicide 50 years ago, when school was much harder? Of course it is not nice to know you did not well, but this is also the only way to improve, knowing what you did wrong. In life there are always little or bigger frustration and it is not good just to try to hide them, but to deal with them in order to improve. You need to know that you do well when you do, and the oppossite is also true. I am so sick of stupid psychologists and "experts" in "education" who don't even know about themselves and never in their lives taught in a classroom. This is the mediocrity "psicho" dictatorship.
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