High and low standards

high standardsBut just as they did in Philadelphia when they were writing the Constitution, sooner or later, you’ve got to compromise. You’ve got to start making the compromises that arrive at a consensus and move the country forward.–Colin Powell

Teachers, knowing that small classes are good for students, have sometimes negotiated for contracts with high standards for class size. However, holding out for small classes costs them needed wage increases. Thus, when school districts have low standards for class size, classes may grow until there is no more room for growth.

At work the lunchroom fridge will become more and more in need of attention until someone with high standards is offended and takes on the job. If no one cares, low standards prevail, and the situation can become quite rotten.

Political parties may compromise. If one party to the agreement is public spirited and the other is not, when the party with high standards can’t stand it any longer, some bad ideas will be accepted in trade for good ones. However in politics, a bad compromise is often preferable to deadlock.

© William Hungerford – December 2014

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4 Responses to High and low standards

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    I think I’m understanding the premise of this piece, and as pertains to dirty refrigerators and class room size, I might agree. When it comes to politics, and the crushing blows that can be thrust on an entire population, I question how far into “bad” one should accept.
    There was a time once, not all that long ago, when the bad was taken to task, and the compromise – it was still a compromise, didn’t become a “win” for the refrigerator slobs.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/17/us/congress-budget-debate.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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  2. Barbara Griffin says:

    Well said, Deb. The “bad” has not been taken to task throughout this administration, and I’m disappointed beyond belief at this point.

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  3. whungerford says:

    One might argue that compromise over slavery in the Constitution led to the Civil War–a very bad consequence in my opinion, but not necessarily the worst of all possible outcomes. If Colin Powell’s opinion is unconvincing, Winston Churchill is said to have observed that democracy is a terrible system until one considers the alternatives.

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  4. whungerford says:

    Tom Reed can declare the budget represents “many victories,” and so can I, although we have different reasons for thinking so.

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