In my last blog post I talked about the concept of “swinging lambs,” a practice used when a lamb is born with breathing problems where one grasps the lamb firmly and swings it aggressively in an arc several times in order that centrifugal force will expel the fluid in the lungs. The caution is to make sure you have a good grip on the lamb to avoid throwing it out of the barn. I also talked about the need to throw some “lambs” out of the barn, no matter how much we love them.
How to do we do that when the beloved lamb is a worn-out program that exists in our school? We all have those programs: meaningless award assemblies, labs or libraries that sit unused while taking up valuable space, or policies that no longer fit the task at hand and yet continue because “we’ve always done it that way.”