Some rules are good. I really like these ones from Sister Mary Corita Kent and have them posted in my classroom, on my two class websites and in my office.
Some rules need to die.
This post from the 99%, Want to Make your Environment More Creative? Kill Some Rules, looks at the relationship between operating rules–explicit and hidden–and creativity:
Our creativity is often determined by how actively engaged and focused we are. Sometimes our focus is dictated by the constraints, or rules, we apply to it.
The more we focus, the more we create. The more we create the more we enjoy our work. And the more enjoyable, expedient, and efficient an experience is, the more meaning we give it. And here’s the thing: the simplest rules create the most effective experience.
What sort of experience do the rules in our schools provide?