University Bans Use of Capital Letters Because They 'Scare' Students Into Failure

University Bans Use of Capital Letters Because They 'Scare' Students Into Failure

 18 NOV 2018

University administrators recently banned lecturers from capitalizing letters in assignments out of concern for students' feelings, the Sunday Express ​reported

Leeds Trinity journalism department issued the prohibition in a memo to staff, explaining that uppercase print could "scare [students] into failure." The missive about "enhancing student engagement and achievement" included a number of other dos and don'ts. 

Lecturers were advised to write to students in a friendly tone and to avoid overbearing language and negative instructions. As the Express noted, among the prohibited terms listed were "do" and "don't."

The memo, which was obtained by the newspaper, said: "Despite our best attempts to explain assessment tasks, any lack of clarity can generate anxiety and even discourage students from attempting the assessment at all."

The administrators advised that writing in caps could highlight the "difficulty" of the assignment and thereby cause the students to worry. Panic could then quickly spread to the entire class, they warned. 

"This can lead to further confusion and students may even then decide that the assessment is too difficult and not attempt it," the memo said. 

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Comment by dogitydog on November 20, 2018 at 10:58pm

UPDATE: They have now banned the letter "p" because it describes the act of urinating.

It is currently being discussed to ban the numbers 1 & 2 also.

Comment by Chris of the family Masters on November 18, 2018 at 11:59pm

"This can lead to further confusion and students may even then decide that the assessment is too difficult and not attempt it," the memo said.

Maybe.... The knowledge about DOG LATIN spreads as writing in this style disqualifies pages as a fraud.

In fact whole court paperwork is in DOG LATIN. Great remedy to utilize!

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