Monday, January 26, 2015

Another Innovation Designed to Save the World

Once upon a time in the great land of administration, someone decided that milk cartons were a waste of space.  The solution? School lunches must now serve milk in plastic bags.  These plastic bags would take less landfill space.  We could save the world.

The plastic bags had a circular spot where the consumer would push a straw through to drink the milk.  Milk tended to leak from the hole and the straw.  The design was perfect for a lunchtime entertainment of projectile milk.
Without checking with anyone who actually works with children, these plastic bags were brought into elementary classrooms during lunchtime.  Teachers had to give up valuable class time to train their children to use these new devices.   The predictable results occurred.

I am not making this up.  This really happened in our district about ten to twelve years ago.  The decision was made with great fanfare about this wonderful innovation.  In a few years they went back to the traditional milk cartons.

The moral of this story: if you are concerned about the latest policy coming down from on high, this too shall pass.

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