Great column by Luke Johnson in today's Financial Times: "It's hard to make a graceful, final exit." Johnson writes about the emotions an entrepreneur experiences when selling a business that s/he has worked so hard to create. He speaks of the "living enterprise", and points out that "most entrepreneurs [...] understand that [buying any hot-ticket item] isn't really the point. Such baubles give not a fraction of the satisfaction to be obtained from nurturing a business, launching popular new products, cultivating a team and generating jobs." He goes on to say that, "what should be a moment of relief" often ends up looking quite different: "I have seen ex-owners suffer after a disposal almost as if they had experienced a bereavement."
All this to say that it got me thinking about ending programs in schools, whether popular or unpopular over their timespan (year, even decades).
Question: when we sunset programs in schools (admittedly, that's rare!), do we experience a feeling of bereavement? Do we allow ourselves to do so? Do we plan for the equivalent of a funeral, or some sort of "ending" ceremony?
Or, are we just too afraid to do so?
Can a school program make a "graceful, final exit"?