Actually, that never happened. If it did, you can bet that there would be a minor uprising. Not because the “expectations” themselves would offend, but because the sign would be so condescending.
Yet there are signs just like that one throughout my kids’ school. “Restroom Expectations,” one sign says. It then elaborates:
I use a 0 or 1 voice level.Above each “expectation” there is an instructive photo of one of the school’s students, including one of a second-grade boy flushing the toilet.
I flush the toilet when I am finished.
I wash my hands with ONE pump of soap and TWO pulls for a paper towel.
I take care of my business quickly!
I report inappropriate activities.
Why do people think that kids prefer, or need, to be addressed in such an infantilizing way? What would be wrong with a sign that said simply, “Please flush the toilet,” or “Please keep your voice down in the bathroom?”
I wonder whether those signs serve the needs of the adults who make them more than of the kids who read them. I wonder the same thing about the euphemisms that are so common at the school, such as calling rules “expectations,” and calling obedience “respect.” Maybe the proliferation of rules, the ubiquitous reminders of them, and the obsessive emphasis on behavior make the school staff uncomfortably aware of how much the school is starting to look like an obedience training academy. Much better to pretend that the kids themselves are issuing the rules – with smiles on their faces, no less.