The Rules Are For All
I have often told students who are angry about the rules that, the only reason rules are made is because some one did not have common sense. If you think about it, that covers the majority of all rules in our society.
The dangerous thing about rules is that there are times that people often thing the rules belong to others, and not to them. When I’m explaining to students about the rules, I also try to give them some background as to why the rule is important. For instance, it might be a safety hazard. Example: No one should be on the play structure before or after school. With over 200 students being released simultaneously at a time, there is no way to monitor whether or not a student could be hurt if they fall. In the mornings, the play structure is often wet and slippery. Again, with practically the entire school, parents, and others on the yard, this becomes a serious safety issue.
The rules are there for all of us. No one wants to get hurt, and none of us want to see anyone get hurt.
That is just one example of our rules being there for the greater good. Do some of the rules create a bit of an inconvenience? Maybe so. But if it ensures the safety and well-being of at least one of our community members here at school, let’s all follow it to be sure we are both modeling the good, and ensuring well-being.
“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same.” Og Mandino