Piper Brossard: More support needed for school field trips
To the editor:
One of the best parts of school is field trips. They are so exciting, educational and interesting. I learn so much more on them than at a desk, out of a textbook.
I have taken field trips to Plimoth Plantation, Higgins Armory, the Lowell Mill and so many more. All of them have changed my life. Education budget cuts have a direct effect on the number of field trips students have the opportunity to go on, according to Education Nation. In the past, students regularly went on three, four, even five field trips every year. Many schools have been forced to eliminate them completely from the curriculum. Even with many, many fundraisers, without government funding, they cannot be made possible.
I have heard of a state bill, House Resolution 1477, that awards grants to schools that teach about the Holocaust. I think this is a wonderful idea, but would like it to either be amended, or a new bill sponsored, encompassing off-campus activities such as field trips as well. According to the Cambridge School Committee, “first-hand experiences provided by field trips and school-sponsored trips are a most effective and worthwhile means of learning,” and they are “of significant educational value.” However, with school budget cuts and funding concerns, field trips are becoming a rarer and rarer activity. When they inspire so many people and change so many lives, it is a problem, and a fixable one, that they are disappearing from the curriculum. Please call or write to your representatives, asking them to amend House Resolution 1477, or sponsor a new bill, so that these wonderful experiences are sufficiently funded, and do not disappear from schools.