Posted by: jockmackenzie | January 18, 2012

The Rule of Two

thanks to for the clip art

I’m not sure when I adopted the Rule of Two but it works for me. It’s simple: whenever I travel from Point A to Point B in a school, I pick up two bits of litter. I try not to get more than two, and sometimes it’s not really garbage but pens, pencils, pencil crayons, library books, assignments or whatever is decorating the hallway floor.

If the object I retrieve has any value, I try to see it finds a suitable place. If it’s garbage, it goes into a garbage pail; if it’s recyclable, then a recycling container. I don’t promote the idea very much, and I probably should. On some occasions, I will be standing right in front of a student when I bend over to pick up the litter. With some regularity, I will say, “Oh, you thought you were going to help clean up your school but I beat you to it.” The student responses are varied.

As I said as the outset, it’s a simple idea. Sadly, I seldom get to Point B empty-handed. But as my old granny used to say, “Many hands make light work.” If more people could adopt the Rule of Two, we might have cleaner schools.

Oh yeah, the Rule of Two is not restricted to schools.

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