Mighty Red Pen

February 2, 2010

Now that’s the value of a public school education

Filed under: At home with MRP,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 5:31 pm
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Scene: La Casa de MRP. MRP and S. (age 6 1/2) review a packet of materials that he’s worked on recently in his first grade class. Among them, this:

MRP: What’s this?

S. : That’s editing.

MRP: What’s editing?

S.: It’s when you cross out a mistake and write the answer above it.

Did you hear that, everyone? They are teaching the children editing. In school.

I can’t wait for the next lesson, which I’m certain is going to be “How to Wield Your Red Pen.”


  1. Why would learning how to editing be wrong? It teaches the students that going over work a second time and look for things that might have gone wrong. If kids did not learn how to edit, then how would they correctly learn how to write an effective paper? Editing is just another way of academically growing up, you have to learn in order to keep moving up.

    Comment by Mel — February 2, 2010 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  2. […] editing? “It’s when you cross out a mistake and write the answer above it.” MRP discovers that one six-year old is learning how to make a quill into a […]

    Pingback by Updates on Editing, window-smashing, Statistics, "Socialism," The Hurt Locker, and Jorge Luis Borges | ducksanddrakes — February 19, 2010 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

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