Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Zero tolerance for "Zero Tolerance" policies

Chinese Punishment, Whipping A Lawbreaker [c19...Image by ralphrepo via FlickrAny person of authority who announces and insists on a "zero tolerance" policy -- a policy that treats all infractions as having the same severity and deserving of the same punishment -- should either resign or have their pay reduced to minimum wage (on the theory that minimum wage is all that anyone who engages is mindless, unthinking work is worth).

The barrage of nightmare stories about the horrific effects of ZT increases daily, as more and more so-called adults attempt to maintain the power that comes with authority while doing everything possible to evade the responsibility for exercising that authority judiciously.

Here's a policy to try instead: if you can't stand the heat that comes with treating people as individuals, get the hell out of the kitchen.
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