by Josh Bannon
Eagle Editorial Board
In Pre-K they were trips to places such as pumpkin patches and strawberry fields. In elementary school they were trips to museums. In middle school they were also trips to museums, but usually to exhibits a little more dull than the bugs and ocean life displays.
You know what I am talking about: field trips. These fabled excursions used to be highly anticipated breaks from the normal classroom experience and usually could be expected to occur at least once a quarter.
Yet, once we reach high school these trips fade into non-existence. Considering they used to be such enjoyable and memorable experiences in our lives, it is more than a little surprising that their absence has largely gone unquestioned.
Of course field trips would be a high school teacher’s, not even to mention the principal’s, greatest nightmare. By some strange twist of logic it seems, as more maturity is expected of students, a prime opportunity to show maturity in the world outside the campus bounds is little seen.
However, a teacher’s fears are understandable. One immature high school student can ruin a school’s reputation more than fifty third-graders could, precisely because a higher maturity level is expected from him. As we grow older the effects of our mistakes become more serious in nature because they actually have an effect on those around us, as opposed to the impulsive actions we take as third-graders.
That being said, I think field trips should be reserved for those who are worthy and have shown they are determined to succeed in their life after high school and college. A good example of this is the field trip Advanced US Government students took to a mock trial last week where they were questioned by a real jury.
In the end, field trips were administered in our grade schools in order to acclimate students to experiencing real-world learning opportunities. Now that we are in high school it should not be the school’s responsibility to hold our hands as we tip-toe past our own driveways.
It is our responsibility now to seize opportunities by our own initiative to enrich ourselves and our knowledge of the world.
So I urge you to make your own real-world experiences. Take part in scholarly studies, create your own masterpiece, get off your lazy butt and get a job and, if absolutely necessary, go look at butterfly exhibits and pick strawberries. Carpe diem my friends.