Rules Have Replaced Thinking – Stone Pigs undeniable underlying truths

One of my biggest pet peaves is what I call the “blind application of standards.” I have found this also includes the application of rules, laws, etc. The problem is that the application of rules has now almost completely replaced thought in our society. Most people just blindly move through life applying rule after rule to their circumstances and never apply thought.

Oftentimes, because people are unwilling to take the time to think or expend a little mental energy on something, they will opt for the completely illogical choice simply because there’s a rule that dictates it. Sometimes, the consequences of those decisions can be extremely costly (in addition to being downright foolish).

A prime example comes from Chino Hills, California1. School district administrators face a $7,000,000 penalty unless they make up 34 school days at 2 elementary schools because their Friday schedules were 5 to 10 minutes too short. California requires that public schools, at a minimum, provide 54,000 minutes of class time annually — both of these schools met that requirement. The State also requires at least 180 minutes on Fridays, and that’s where the shortfall comes from. According to the rules, any day that falls short of it’s 180 minute requirement doesn’t count at all. Consequently, the schools must remain open, and students and teachers will attend, another 34 days — virtually eliminating summer break in its entirety.

While the schools provided adequate classroom time and instruction, the State will still withhold $7 million in funding due to the blind application of standards. To attempt to remedy the situation, rather than laughing and saying, “Don’t worry about it” the school has to spend an additional $200,000 (at a minimum … and probably much more) and the California Assembly has to pass ANOTHER law to provide an exemption.

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Rules Have Replaced Thinking – Stone Pigs undeniable underlying truths

One of my biggest pet peaves is what I call the “blind application of standards.” I have found this also includes the application of rules, laws, etc. The problem is that the application of rules has now almost completely replaced thought in our society. Most people just blindly move through life applying rule after rule to their circumstances and never apply thought.

Oftentimes, because people are unwilling to take the time to think or expend a little mental energy on something, they will opt for the completely illogical choice simply because there’s a rule that dictates it. Sometimes, the consequences of those decisions can be extremely costly (in addition to being downright foolish).

A prime example comes from Chino Hills, California1. School district administrators face a $7,000,000 penalty unless they make up 34 school days at 2 elementary schools because their Friday schedules were 5 to 10 minutes too short. California requires that public schools, at a minimum, provide 54,000 minutes of class time annually — both of these schools met that requirement. The State also requires at least 180 minutes on Fridays, and that’s where the shortfall comes from. According to the rules, any day that falls short of it’s 180 minute requirement doesn’t count at all. Consequently, the schools must remain open, and students and teachers will attend, another 34 days — virtually eliminating summer break in its entirety.

While the schools provided adequate classroom time and instruction, the State will still withhold $7 million in funding due to the blind application of standards. To attempt to remedy the situation, rather than laughing and saying, “Don’t worry about it” the school has to spend an additional $200,000 (at a minimum … and probably much more) and the California Assembly has to pass ANOTHER law to provide an exemption.

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