Sunday, March 22, 2009
What Color is the White House?
Here's a picture of one of the most famous buildings in our country. What color do you see?
Keep that in mind.
So, my son is in fifth grade and in the delightful public school system in WV. This is one of the better districts in the state. This is one of the best elementary schools in our district.
Keep that in mind too.
One of his assignments for social studies is often a map of a particular battle in US history. The teacher is VERY particular about how these are COLORED. Yes, they receive a grade largely based on COLORING. (Did I mention this is fifth grade?)
Earlier in the year, Tommy came home with a map that had a B+ grade. Everything on it was correct EXCEPT that he didn't use VARYING COLORS OF FLESH-COLORED crayons for the teeny-tiny little faces of the armed forces.
Yes, you read that right.
This teacher is a stickler for authentic.
But, now I am worried because a month ago he came home with a map to be colored and on the map was the WHITE HOUSE. THE WHITE HOUSE. What color would you color the White House?
Would you leave it white and not color it? Would you use a white crayon? Remember, Tommy's has gotten a lower grade for not being authentic!
I bet you would have left it white and you would have gotten a B on YOUR map!
No, no, I'm not crazy. This is A REAL STORY. The WHITE HOUSE had to be COLORED. So, Tommy chose yellow.
Guess what grade he got on his WHITE HOUSE that was YELLOW map? He got an A.
I am afraid. Very afraid.