1. This rule was born of a different time when students did not have as many other activities to occupy their time, and most people would agree that some teachers are starting to go overboard with the workload in a misguided effort to "prepare for college"
2. Yes, the rule does not force anyone to use the full amount of hours, but let's be honest - too many HDs have the mindset that if you aren't using ALL of the hours, then you are not doing everything you can to have your best performance. I also think the minimum show time requirement should be slightly lowered along with the 8 hours.
3. It's just getting hotter...and hotter. Some areas of the state have seen student athletes and band members fall very ill or die. We don't need to put the added stress on any of our bodies for this. I think that we have (collectively) lost sight of what matters and is important in this activity.
Just my opinion.