Educational methods have become much more diversified nowadays, with schools and guardians of the children offer way more various classes and contents to the students. A prevalent controversy is about the importance of in-class teaching and of out-class activities like field trip. As far as I am concerned, field trip is more important part of child’s education compared with classroom learning.
Field trip offers students learning experience that is way more engaging and vivid. Admittedly, ready knowledge included in the books is often reliable and systematic. It is at the same time too theoretical for absorption. Students at a young age often fail to have a comprehensive understanding of the concept given in the books, while field trip or some real-life experience can be supplementary. For instance, by visiting a farm, students will know how the vegetables are grown and that the cultivation of any crop or plants can be time-consuming and tiring. Therefore, the harvested vegetables should be better cherished instead of wasted.
What’s more, engagement in outdoor learning-oriented activities will help cultivate students’ initiative to study. After being shown around a chocolate factory, students will be somewhat familiarized with the process of chocolate manufacturing. A tour around the art museum will inform the students of art history, and most importantly give the students direct exposure to masterpieces of renowned artists. Impressed by the beauty and complexity of different painting, they will naturally start to ponder about the deeper meaning behind the art work. What is the painter attempting to portray, is the purpose of the painting associated with sarcasm toward societal vice, all these questions will become a motivation for students to explore and research for answers.
Field trips can also help develop students’ social skills. This is because at school, students are rarely around people, except for their immediate family or peers. Exposed to different situations, students will have to learn to interact with other people such as counterparts from other schools or even adults. It is a good way to improve their communication skills.