When asked the question, "Should schools have more field trips?", debate.org received the following response: 87% of those polled said "yes."; 13% of those polled said "no." As a former educator and a parent of two middle schoolers, I find the results of this poll interesting because I've experienced both sides of the spectrum. By the way, both of my children are on field trips this morning. My seventh grader, along with his classmates, is bus bound to NASA. My daughter and a friend, along with my most wonderful husband, will meet the rest of their sixth-grade classmates at Sea World. Fun Friday!
As a teacher, field trips were both negative and positive. The negative usually involved the time and energy in planning the actual excursion, but the positives were almost always the takeaways from the trip. The true purpose of a field trip is to get the students out of the classroom into the real world to apply a little of what they have learned. When planned and executed appropriately, they can be full of purpose and time well spent.
My mind wanders to the post field-trip life of adults. Do we take field trips outside of the role of the chaperone? I think, as followers of Jesus, we are directed to over and over again in Scripture. There were some great hillside/synagogue teachable moments in the New Testament. However, there were also sandal to the sand field trips where the disciples and followers of Jesus practiced love in action. So, let me encourage you today. Grab your permission slip (the Word of God), pack a lunch, put feet to the pavement, and give yourself a field trip. Apply what you know: Love God and love your neighbors.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.