1. Deanna Stewart

    I was drawn to website after just leaving my son’s school having a conference with the princpal and his teacher about correspondence she sent me written in red ink with underlining, circles and exclamation points ALL in red ink. I was very offended by the note, hence prompting the conference; however, the administration at the school thought the teacher was not out of line with what she did and expressed to me that my concern was “old-fashioned” and teachers may communicate in any color ink. I am still uneasy about it all and wanted your input.

  2. Alicia

    I’d say the content of the note matters more then the color. Is it the ideal to write in red probably not. However, having a conference with the administrator is a bit much. Saying “Please do not write in red ink to me as it comes across as correcting ” would not be too much. If I was the administrator I too would backup the teacher to write in whatever color ink they like and then privately ask them to not use red ink to send notes in the future. If the content is fine and the teacher is communicating needed things about your son I would focus on that and ignore others ink color selections.
    It is not technically wrong or rude just not commonly used to use colored ink.

  3. Elley

    Actually it is very rude to use red ink in any written communication. I would complaint to the principal on this matter rather then the administration. Also telling parent one thing and telling the teachers not to do it is also a very rude and unprofessional manner in handling this situation.

  4. Bianca

    It is basic etiquette 101 not to communicate to someone in red ink. It’s considered an insult and it’s sad when one is at certain levels and don’t know the political correct things. It’s never ok this is why it is never used in a professional setting.


    I’d like to take that course Basic Etiquette 101 if there is a such thing. I was just asked not to use red ink after filling out a purchase requesition and gave it to my Leader in which has a high military background. Someone please that doesn’t have feelings about the color when they see it tell me why Bic still makes Red ink pins.

    • Elizabeth

      Red ink is often used to mark up a document, correcting its errors or making changes. Many people have negative associations with red ink as a form of “bad news”. However, red ink is still very useful because of its contrast with a black and white printed page. When I mark up my own work, I sometimes use red ink.

      Red ink may also be inappropriate because it does not photocopy as well as a darker ink.

    • Lori C

      George, Your Leader is not out of line. Please use blue or black ink pen for all of your business correspondence and to fill out forms. You may use any color of ink pen you prefer for personal correspondence.
      I suggest looking in your area for a business etiquette class if you are unsure of how to conduct yourself in an office setting. Perhaps you could also look at your local library for business etiquette books. The Posts have published a third addition of “The Etiquette Advantage in Business”.

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