One of the casualties of public education budget cuts is the time-honored tradition of field trips. That’s a real shame, because a fair amount learning occurs when kids get out of the classroom for hands-on experience. Museums, for example, offer a treasure trove of 3-D educational opportunities. Sure, you can discover NYC with a GPS, but a visit to the Queens Museum of Art’s Panorama offers a dramatic, physically engaging discovery of just how vast the city is.
We all remember the thrill of being part of a busload of screaming kids on the way to some unknown adventure. My most vivid memories of elementary school include field trips to the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago, getting the creeps as I walked through the giant heart and rode on the coal mine train there. It was always so exciting to get away from the daily humdrum of pencils and worksheet. Indeed, field trips provide experiences that stick with you forever.