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H letters with flourishes

People often lament how schools diminish creativity in kids. I won’t comment on cause and effect because pedagogy in early childhood is not my area of expertise. However, I can definitely feel and remember the pain and scars of red strikethroughs. This example is from my nephew, who is in first grade. I understand what the exercise is for, but I wonder if kids will interpret the corrections similarly or take away a significantly different lesson.

A writing exercise by a six-year-old. The letter H should be straight, but the child drew swirls and flourishes in some places. All decorated letters H are crossed with a red pen and marked as incorrect.

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