Thursday, March 19, 2009


I teach 6th grade. I think that it's safe to say that I've seen my fair share of disagreements. In the good, the bad, and the ugly, ranging from who gets to use the scissors first, to who's idea to use for a group project, to who knocked the basketball out of bounds, there is one conflict resolution strategy that has stood the test of time: Rock-Paper-Scissors.

Despite the circumstance, and no matter how married students are to their positions, ultimately there is no disputing a best of 3 R-P-S tournament. It's like the game wields some magical influence over the irrational thinking that fuels playground conflicts. So, where once deep rifts in childhood friendships teemed, now harmony abounds. It's quick. It's simple. It's random. It's fair.

Why can't more adults be as practical about problem solving. While I wouldn't base the fate of a country on the outcome of a Roshambo game, imagine what would happen if March Madness Bracketologists sat down for a little tournament play before the one-and-done frenzy that determines the best college basketball team in the nation? Just think about the untapped potential we could harness and time we'd save if we could be more elementary in our decision making!


Brazenlilly said...

I love it! Trent and I still use this technique quite often. Who's going to change this diaper? Who's movie preference to we rent? Best of 3. Does that mean we are like 6th graders? Heehee!

Lisa P said...

You may laugh at us, but we're in the same boat at Jen and Trent. However, I have some really bad luck, because I lose often. Now, even to my 7-year-old...I may have to re-think this.

Erika said...

I am so using this next chance I get. brilliant. why don;t I think of these things~?

Diane Davis said...

this is BRILLANT!

nabz said...

yes, my friend i agree. i love it! we flip coins in our house all the time for decisions. when our kids get old enough then rock, paper, sissors will be used no doubt!! :)


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