The Dundee Evening Telegraph is reporting that primary school parents are ‘seeing red’ after they were told the colour of their kids’ uniforms might make them too stimulated.
Eastern Primary School in Broughty Ferry sent letters home in pupils’ schoolbags over proposed changes to what the youngsters wear.
At the moment, the children wear red sweatshirts as part of their uniform, which has been in place for many years. But following a consultation, some members of staff at the school claimed the colour had an impact on the pupils’ education and want it scrapped.
The letter from head teacher Gillian Knox said: “As a staff team, we have discussed the impact of the colour red in the environment.
“Red is often used in places to stimulate and energise the body and mind, and some research indicates that it can increase heart and breathing rates — not the calm, relaxed learning state we hope to achieve.
“A recent study linked the red to impaired performance on achievement tasks. Our staff feel that red needs to remain a key element of our uniform but that it would be best used in small amounts, for example, in our school tie.”
Parents branded the reasoning for the decision as “over the top”.
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