Of course, these rules aren't really new. Most of these rules were in place 3-6 years ago, were later replaced with new rules, and now the originals have returned. This means I've finally made it through my first "cycle" of change in the school system. Many of the long-time veterans tell me this will happen several more times before the end of my career.
Education is interesting because it's constantly changing but always standing still. Despite all the yearly rules changes, the general structure hasn't really shifted much. No matter what "new solution" we come up with, we're ultimately going to find flaws with it and think "hey, there has to be something different..." before we ultimately arrive back where we started. I suppose we have a similar cycle in politics, and in generational mindsets, and in sports, so we shouldn't be surprised that we see it in school.
I think the only real way to change education is major disruption. Even "flipped learning" or Gamification, or any other modern buzzwords aren't really disrupting, they're working within the system. In only my second year of Gamification, I've already re-introduced a number of things from the "traditional" course I left behind. Really, if we want change that won't ultimately be bounced back, there needs to be a completed overhaul...but of course that can't happen. There's no precedent, there's no money, and there's no one in a cycle to say "hey, this worked when I was younger." The main reason is simple: no one really knows a solution. If they did, we'd have done it by now. Until someone does, we all search through Plato's cave to find shadows of the Form of the Good in Education.
As a result, there were new rules today. Next year, they'll be new rules too. Maybe someday we'll get the rules we need rather than the rules we deserve.