Circular Logic

By , June 7, 2011 8:31 pm

Aimee Mann – Wise Up

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Chicken takes a multiple-choice quizThis district never ceases to amaze me. The following scenario is now a reality:

District says to school: “You need to improve, so you must choose one of three options, option A, option B, or option C for running your school next year. Your choice is due today.”

The next day, school chooses option C.

The following day, District says to school: “We’re changing the rules. You may not choose option B. You may not choose option C. And if you want to choose option A, you’ll have to invent a time machine, because it’s too late now to choose that option.”

While the above scenario is a gross oversimplification of the situation many schools are finding themselves in nowadays, there is quite a grain of truth in it.

While the eternal optimist in me thinks that the above logical conundrum district policy finds itself in is the result of well-intentioned overzealousness (thus a rules correction is in order), it is nonetheless disheartening to try to work through with a policy that’s now fundamentally (and logically) broken.

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