By Chloe Bernstein
Despite the unusual circumstances that we are in, students are usually expected to sit and learn in classrooms all day, each of which are enclosed by 4 walls and are filled with rows and rows of desks. Although the importance of learning in these traditional classrooms should not be undermined, a greater emphasis must be placed on interactive learning. Increasing the amount of engaging learning can mean a multitude of different things, one being more out of school trips. School trips help students retain information better, learn in a more compelling way, and give students the ability to apply their knowledge to the real world.
Many people believe that visiting museums and seeing things in real life helps them remember it better, which is an idea supported by 9th grader Ella Javorsky. According to Ella, “When I go to museums, the engaging pop ups and overall energy in the museum makes learning enjoyable. When I look at different exhibits that are interesting, the information sticks with me for a long time.” For some people, it is significantly easier to memorize information that is told in an interesting way as opposed to simply memorizing facts that are recited one after another in a classroom. If more students are allowed to engage in fascinating museum environments, then as a whole, students will learn more effectively.
Having more school trips will benefit students in all classes, but it will particularly help the world language classes. One of the goals of the Foreign Language department is to prepare us to visit any Spanish speaking, French speaking, or Italian speaking country and have the ability to easily communicate with the locals. Each community around the world has its own “cultural norms,” and the best way to learn about culture is to experience it firsthand. How much culture can really be learned from watching videos and reading articles? Remi Matza, a 9th grader, can attest to this idea, and according to Remi, “It is important for us to see how people interact in different parts of the world, so we know how to behave when we travel to various places.” Exposing kids to different cultures starting at a young age is very beneficial, which is why more trips to foreign countries should be offered at our school.
From my personal experiences, I believe that by incorporating more school trips into the schedule, students will gain a new appreciation and passion for learning. 10th grader Ryan Bernstein agrees with this idea. According to Ryan, “By allowing us to learn in an environment that differs from a traditional classroom, students are more likely to develop a passion for what they are learning.”
When we learn, sometimes we are victims of just going through the motions and not applying what we learn to the real world. However, going on more school trips can help us widen our horizons and see the bigger picture. In elementary school, we took a trip as 5th graders to the local legislature, where we learned about how laws are made and how the local government functions. According to Samantha Gershuny, a 9th grader, “the experience at the legislature opened my eyes and helped me realize that everything I learn in school is for a real purpose. We should try to have more experiences like that in high school!”
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll learn.” By allowing students to actively engage in the learning process outside of school more often, learning will become both more enjoyable and more efficient.