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.


BIBI said...

Bwahahaha! Chris, I just LOVE your blog and your stories about your children.

This was too funny! An A+ for coloring the White House yellow?!? *giggle*

She sounds like a teacher from my sons school. Haha!

So you live WV? Not to far from VA huh? Love the scenery in WV by the way!

By the way Chris I've changed my URL to

Stop by some time when you're not too busy!

Chris said...

Bibi! Thanks for reminding me to change your blog URL! I keep wondering where you've gone! Duh! ;)

We'll have to become friends on Facebook so we can play Scrabble. :)

intrepidideas said...

Stickler.... Wow! I think I would have used a white crayon. Great job on the "A." Now this is a psychology class right?

Chris said...

Well, if it's a psychology class, we are in SERIOUS trouble. :)

I would have used a white crayon too. The White House CAN NOT BE YELLOW.

Daisy said...

HA HA HA! Oh my! Well, gee whiz, I applaud your son's creative spirit. (and personally, I think his teacher is a bit of a wacko---but don't tell her I said so!) :D

Hope you have a good week, Chris.

Summer said...

Hmm. She sounds a little looney.

Chris said...

Hey Summer! I think she wants to rent your house... and paint it white. hahahaha ;)

Chris said...

HI Daisy!

You're too nice to ever call someone a wacko, so I'll keep it hush-hush. :)

I hope you have a great week too! Isn't it wonderful to be seeing the SUN at last? :)

Mary Alice said...

That's funny. Did it matter what color he put on the faces of the armed did they have to be flesh toned...creams, browns, whites...could he have done purple would that have been okay?

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Wow! My son wouldn't do very well in this class - he doesn't color very well!