I have the privilege to be a board member on the local Chamber of Commerce. It is a great way for me to connect with the community my current school is located in. The chamber always asks if I can have students come by and see different businesses in action. I have to tell them I can’t do it usually. I always feel a little embarrassed saying this but it is true.
The process to take a field trip is a very bogged down one. I have to plan out the trip at for weeks in advance and fill out mountains of paperwork. Most the time, the businesses have moved or can’t plan that far out ahead. On top of that, I have to go through at least three channels. Even after all that, there is a possibility that the trip will not be okayed by administrators.
"Why is it so hard for our schools to get our students working FOR our communities?"
Many of our schools have some sort of mission statement that involves the words “educate, empower, enrich, students and communities. Why is it so hard for our schools to get our students working FOR our communities? I ask administrators to look at your processes and make it easier to get students learning out in their communities DURING the school day. This will definitely be more effective than keeping our kids in boxed classrooms all day! This is a closer step to #disrupteducation for the better.