The Value of School Field Trips

At The Lotus School, field trips are an essential part of our academic curriculum and our mindfulness program.

An interesting article titled “The Educational Value of Field Trips” discusses the value of school field trips and states that:

Taking students to an art museum improves critical thinking skills, and more

According to this article published by Education Next, “The school field trip has a long history in American public education. For decades, students have piled into yellow buses to visit a variety of cultural institutions, including art, natural history, and science museums, as well as theaters, zoos, and historical sites. Schools gladly endured the expense and disruption of providing field trips because they saw these experiences as central to their educational mission: schools exist not only to provide economically useful skills in numeracy and literacy, but also to produce civilized young men and women who would appreciate the arts and culture. More-advantaged families may take their children to these cultural institutions outside of school hours, but less-advantaged students are less likely to have these experiences if schools do not provide them. With field trips, public schools viewed themselves as the great equalizer in terms of access to our cultural heritage.

Today, culturally enriching field trips are…” read more