Banned substance: Red ink is,well, threatening …

I once worked for a CEO who wouldn’t stand for lemon in his water or red ink.

That is, both the red ink on a financial statement and red ink on a document.

Apparently, he was onto something with the latter.


In the UK, hundreds of schools have banned their teachers from marking in red ink.

Here’s why …

Marking in red ink banned in case it upsets schoolchildren who consider it “confrontational” and “threatening”.

Alledgedly, red ink can damage students psychologically.

Pupils are more more soothed by shades like green, blue, pink and yellow or even in pencil.

According to the Telegraph, traditionalists have condemned the ban sweeping classrooms as “absolutely barmy”, “politically correct” and “trendy”.

They insist that red ink makes it easier for children to spot errors and improve.

If the students don’t like the color red, they should stop making mistakes!

It’s as simple as that.

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One Response to “Banned substance: Red ink is,well, threatening …”

  1. DavidM Says:

    I think us Brits were only following the example from over your side of the pond. Apparently the USA banned red ink as early as 2005 (Source: Scholastic News — Edition 4;2/21/2005, Vol. 67 Issue 15, p7)! The report recommends Purple — the colour usually associated with royalty!

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