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Baby Bear Principle

Posted on: February 16, 2019

You know the fairy tale about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. If you suspend disbelief, you also know that a female intruder broke into a family’s home and treated it like it was hers.

But that is not my complaint. Instead I focus on what some educator’s call the Goldilocks Principle.

Again, you have to ignore that Goldilocks was a bad example of a human being. You have to fixate instead on striving for middle ground — not too hard, not too soft… just right.

I have nothing against logical compromise or finding good balance in all we do. I am against naming it after Goldilocks.

Goldilocks took advantage of Baby Bear’s expectations and practices. It was the fairy tale bear that wanted a particular type of chair, temperature of porridge, and comfort of bed.

What Goldilocks did was reap what she did not sow. I say we give Baby Bear the credit. If we create optimum conditions, meet the needs of the majority, or otherwise keep the peace between unhappy extremes, I say we operate by the Baby Bear Principle.

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