I remember in our classes that we used to be the batch of guinea pigs for new policies and restructuring of the curriculum. Almost always we are subjected to testings and trials if something new could be successful when applied to us. This term is commonly used to denote that someone or something becomes the experiment to try out something and usually subjected to the trial and errors in the process. There is leniency in this situation though, and at the same time expectations are kept up. You will be the first or pioneers so you will provide the benchmarks for the next batches. So there is much challenge to do the best you can.
I’ve recently translated an article about guinea pigs and have learned a lot about them. They are neither from Papua New Guinea or pigs but much of their lifestyle does resemble the pigs. They have been used for experiments to develop antiviruses. Looking back I guess the expression being used as guinea pigs is very much suitable for us when they try to discover if something is appropriate or would work for the betterment of the students. It’s just that there would be sacrificial lambs or people would have to go through something that others have not tried before.
In the end, it turns out to be good and a great learning experience too.