By Samantha Krevolin
BHHS students have extremely hectic weeks at school all year long. Arriving by 7:45 every morning (sometimes even earlier for extra help), classes until 2:30 in the afternoon, and after-school activities, sports, clubs, and homework, students could use some time off. A good way for high school students to have a break, while experiencing an academically enriching day, is to provide more field trips. Memorable field trips from elementary school include art museums and the Hudson River, to name a few. In middle school, there are the highly anticipated Boston and Washington D.C. trips. However, when the students reach BHHS, somehow these field trips begin to fade away.
Some people argue that Byram provides enough field trips for students because too many would take away time from academics. However, more often than not, when students graduate they have only attended one or two field trips during their four years of high school. By making field trips more prevalent, this circumstance will no longer be the case. In addition, field trips are capable of allowing students to learn more in depth, rather than taking time away from what they are missing in school. Some people have the opinion that field trips are pointless and do nothing for the teachers and students. Nevertheless, if the school selects trips that are educational, it will not take anything away from what they would learn in a classroom setting. In addition, it is now believed that students remember lessons more if they are taught in a different way than what they are accustomed to; meaning they will really remember what they learned from going on field trips.
Also, not all courses provide field trips. Only a select few classes are known to occasionally have them. These classes are languages (Spanish, French, and Italian) and arts (photography, drawing, and painting, etc.). Both of these subjects take their students to museums, another foreign country over vacations, and. When that is the case, the other students feel they have to take that course if they want to go on one during their high school career. Jake Stern, a sophomore, has never gone on a field trip with the high school before. He claims that “I would like the school to have more field trips because they make learning more intriguing and let us further understand what is taught in the classroom.” Hopefully, the school will make this change allowing him to go on a field trip in the future.
Although there is definitely a lack of field trips at BHHS, some students are lucky enough to go on one themselves. Recently, some of the Italian 3 classes went on a trip to Eataly in New York City for the day on February 7th. This trip allowed them to learn more about the Italian culture and food since they were studying the food unit in class. Sophomore Alessandra Colella went on this trip and admits that “I thought it was an extremely enjoyable experience and definitely educational.” She even explained how the trip incorporated what they were learning: “we were talked to in Italian, which gave us exposure to the language in a real-life environment.” Not only does this trip follow the curriculum, but it allows the students to see how they would use what they are learning in the real world. She now hopes that in the future, more field trips will be provided so others can have the same experience she did when going to Eataly.
This change may take a while to undergo, but it is important that field trips are provided and given to BHHS students more frequently than they currently are. It will give both the teachers and students something to look forward to during the year, and opportunities to expand their knowledge past the required curriculum.