Friday, January 31, 2014
Do We Need Classes in Common Sense?
So, did you hear this story?
“Utah parents were outraged when their children had their deep dish pizzas and other food taken and thrown away at their elementary school after a cashier said they owed money on their lunch accounts.”
Parents whose accounts were out of money were notified on Monday. The lunches (costing about $3) were taken from the 30 children on Tuesday, after cafeteria workers had given them the food (because the cafeteria servers couldn't see who was in debt until it was time to ring them up). The District reported that the lunches were thrown out because they couldn't be served to another student.
Here’s the thing, rules or no rules, where are people’s common sense?
Naturally, parents are extremely angry over this. Politicians are ranting and raving, holding news conferences, tying it into bullying, claiming this is simply a reflection of the need for broader school funding, blah, blah, blah.
First of all, you’re dealing with elementary school children! And really? Why would it ever be logical to throw away food as opposed to giving it to a hungry child?
Children were naturally upset and confused.
The District is claiming this all occurred because of one employee’s stupidity. But this person could not have acted alone. What about all the mindless sheep who went along with it. Why didn't anybody stand up for a more logical solution?
According to a survey by the American Management Association, education is focusing on high tech skills like math and science, but executives feel what employees are lacking are critical thinking skills, creativity, communication skills…quite simply, common sense.
I’ve always believed there are two kinds of “smart.” There is “book smart,” this refers to those who can read, memorize and regurgitate facts (and rules) on command. And then there is “street smart,” or common sense.
Which do you feel leads to greater success in life?
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