On the first day of school many teachers help students come up with a list of classroom rules. Supposedly it encourages ownership or whatever...I mean, if the rules are actually used for something besides a poster sized wall decoration.
If not steered just so, younger children tend toward a list of no's: no hitting, no spitting on our friends, no eating someone else's food, or my personal favorite from this year's crop: no hammering when someone else's hand is there.
I think some kid made up these rules to get back at a teacher:
These were only three of the many, many "no" signs The-Guy-Who-Knows-A-Song-About-A-Chicken and I saw at a local park a couple weekends ago.
Don't they just make you want to park your offroad vehicle on the grass and unleash your horse while you go fishing from a kayak? Yeah, me too. I'm fine with refraining from feeding the alligators though.
The-Guy and I got this list of no, no, no's from a motel in Florida:Just make sure and have FUN people!
This is every meeting I've ever been to wrapped up into one:
Principal makes some absurd, random rule that makes teachers' lives harder.
Two teachers burst into tears.
Every hand goes into the air.
Teachers grill the principal on every nuance of the rule, exploring all possible ways to bend, twist, curve, and tilt the rule (except for that one person whose questions never have anything to do with anything).
Relentless questioning continues past time when the meeting should have been over.
Principal cries out in frustration, "USE YOUR COMMON SENSE PEOPLE!"
Teachers stare at principal in disbelief. If people were willing to use their common sense, why would we need all these random, absurd rules?