The Colored Folder Mystery


What’s your stance? (YinYang, Getty Images)

Tyler Weiss, Reporter

Over the past few years, there have been many significant debates. Pineapple or no pineapple on pizza, waffles or pancakes, cats or dogs, the list goes on. Recently, a new debate has emerged that might be equally controversial. This is known as the classroom folder debate. 

What is the classroom folder debate? Well, it’s a discussion about what color folder should be associated with each class. For example, say you have four colored folders (red, blue, green, and yellow), and you need to assign a school subject to each of them (we’ll say math, science, English, and history). The discourse involves many different opinions on how you should do it, why you should do it, and why it even matters.

To find out more, I sat down with a Boise High AVID student, Rosaura Albizo. “History is red, science is green, math is blue, and English is yellow,” Albizo states, “I think it all ultimately depends on preference. For example, I like history, and my favorite color is red, so history is red.” When asked if she thinks that colored folders are the only way to organize, she replied, “no, there are many different effective ways to organize such as same colored folders with labels.”

With this in mind, I decided to take a stance of my own. If I had to decide, I would go with history as yellow, math as red, science as green, and English as blue. I went with English as blue because English is my favorite subject and my favorite color is blue. I chose science as green because I think of the word “photosynthesis” whenever I think of science and that’s all about plants, which are green. I decided that math is red because red represents frustration and math’s probably the most frustrating subject for anyone. Finally, I corresponded history with the color yellow because the constitution was an important written document in history and it was written on yellow paper.

At the end of the day, there doesn’t seem to be a wrong answer. So, what color would you associate with each subject?