Bill Parcells is a Hall of Fame football coach. I was listening to a radio interview with Coach Parcells, and he was talking about the challenges faced by today's football referees. He said there were too many rules that they had to be responsible for officiating. He said there was an adage that his staff lived by when coaching and that it should be applied to the responsibilities of referees:
"Reduce the variables, increase performance."
I thought about this and how it could apply to education. I wonder if we have too many standards that we're trying to master and end up with a "mile wide, inch deep" approach. If we focus on less and do those things really well, wouldn't we do a better job? Just my two cents.