The Pythagorean Theorem has 24 words. The ten commandments (English version) contain 138 words. US regulations about cabbages contain about 26,000.So it takes 90 pages to cut down on bureaucracy?!!! I hate to think what it would take if the wanted to increase it!
Not to be outdone, the Department for Education in this country [UK] over a 12 month period sent to schools thousands of pages of “guidance” documents, containing almost 1.3 million words - one and a half times as many as in the King James Bible. Schools even received a 90-page document advising head teachers how to cut down on bureaucracy.
Friday, 28 August 2009
Complexity and central planning
This from Philip Booth at the IEA blog: