Unless you want to try convincing me that Red Bull have somehow accidentally created something that is outside the spirit of the rules and were totally unaware of it until it was brought to their attention
Accidentally? Probably not. But can you prove they were aware of their transgression?
That’s not a very good analogy, because the entire point of what I teach is to teach interpretations of it.
The very fact that you are able to teach various interpretations, on a set of words – is a clue to what I’m saying here.
I’m sure you would have had (generally) your own interpretation of these pieces – be them poems or plays. Let’s say you’re the FIA – the students are your competing teams. Have your students ever come to you with an interpretation that differed from your personal interpretation(s)?
So you say, “but hey – I can teach them my interpretation.”
Yes you can.
Have you ever been in the situation where you explained your own interpretation (heck, explained anything, even) to the class – and they understood 90% of it – but had to re-explain and clarify some parts of it to them?
It’s the exact same situation.
I was in high school once upon a time. I had two English teachers – one in my penultimate year and one in my final year. My penultimate year teacher taught poems/Shakespeare in that, all interpretations are valid, as long as we can back them up.
My final year teacher (Ms. Molly – and she used to say how one day we’d appreciate what she did for us – and I still hate her guts) had a book of interpretations – and I remember once we were discussing this poem about a bird on a tree, and something about the tree only having one leaf left. I don’t remember the poem title off the top of my head. Maybe it sounds familiar to you. I said to the teacher I felt like the bird was clinging to an old hope – and that last leaf was a desperate final plea. She shot me down with “No, that’s wrong Raymond. There is not even a hint of desperation in this,” which shocked me – because of the way I had been taught the last two years.
It’s the same situation. You cannot expect the kids (teams) to have your interpretation exactly identical to their interpretation, especially on the first go. Because, how was I supposed to know that the poem “had no desperation in it,” you know?