Thursday, June 9, 2016

Fewer field trips mean some students miss more than a day at the museum | Brookings Institution

Fewer field trips mean some students miss more than a day at the museum | Brookings Institution:

Fewer field trips mean some students miss more than a day at the museum

Elementary school students visit the Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Arkansas
As every good teacher knows, education is not just about academics. It is about broadening horizons and discovering passions. (The root of education is the Latin e ducere, meaning “to draw out.”) From this perspective, extra-curricular activities count for a great deal. But as Robert Putnam highlights in his book Our Kids, there are growing class gaps in the availability of musicsports, and other non-classroom activities.

Fewer field trips?

Schools under pressure may also cut back on field trips outside the school walls to parks, zoos, theaters, or museums. In the 2008-09 school year, 9 percent of school administrators reported eliminating field trips, according to the annual surveys by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). That figure rose through the recession:Fewer field trips mean some students miss more than a day at the museum | Brookings Institution:
 Fewer field trips mean some students miss more than a day at the museum | Brookings Institution:

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