We are talking about teenagers crossing a clearly marked pedestrian crossing on a road to nowhere in broad daylight.
That was just one example of the lunacy of a system that was suffocating its workers under a mountain of paperwork. I mean, the children even had to have a signed permission form to attend their own school concert, which was out of hours and involved being accompanied by their parents.
And every form had to be marked off against a list,
and every missing form had to be chased up...
and there was a form for everything.
When I queried the craziness of this regime, I was told in all seriousness that any law suit might cause the school to close due to bankruptcy and then none of us would have a job. Yes, the endless mountain range of permission slips for the most ridiculously minor things was an attempt to stave off liability for absolutely everything, just in case.
|Of course, it doesn't only happen in education.|
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It gave a lot of people a laugh, but it didn't change anything. The mentality was delusional and deeply ingrained. Nobody was stepping back and looking at the big picture- nobody could see how administering all that unnecessary paperwork was affecting the quality of the teaching.
(Are you hearing me, EC professionals?)