Field trips still hold value


Abbigail Sullivan shares information about her upcoming art history class field trip to New York City.

Kaitlyn McMahon, Staff Writer

A field trip form is a student’s ticket to explore learning hands-on.  Eager students crave the bus ride to a long-anticipated learning experience.

Leaving the classroom provides students with an opportunity to learn from a different perspective. These trips excite students because they can interact with one another and grow closer.

“Field trips help students bond with each other,” said freshman Omar Abul-Hassan.

These trips prepare students for life after school because they can observe and study an occupation.

“It’s one thing to see examples of artwork in class, and it’s another thing to experience them in real life,” said art teacher Abbigail Sullivan.

Classroom outings improve students’ knowledge on the subject significantly and shows them how to connect lessons to real life. In the fall, the journalism class went to the Chrysler Museum to see the Ansel Adams exhibit during the unit on photography. The museum was full of photography but also full of contemporary art to explore. 

“The students get to have a better appreciation for art and artists,” said Sullivan.

Although field trips are proven beneficial for students, teachers do not take students out of the classroom very often. Paperwork and scheduling are some of the deterrents, but sometimes it simply is a matter of content.

“Some classes are easier to apply to real-world situations,” said junior Saffron Hewitt-Qualls.

More rigorous courses think of field trips as a waste of time, while other classes believe they cannot link a trip to their subject.

“Some teachers are opposed to field trips not because they don’t want to, but because they teach a very strict curriculum,” said Sullivan.