But 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