Field trips are being eliminated from school district's budgets across the nation. Teachers are restricted by districts' pressure to show curricular data and cover content, leaving little time for out-of-school real-world learning.
Every student comes to the classroom with a different world experience. We know that students exposed to a variety of experiences do better in school. To be successful scholars, students need to relate what they read to what they've experienced. To think broadly, students need to have a variety of experiences. It's hard to be what you cannot see.
A study by the National Education Association study found that, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, youth who take educational trips have better grades (59 percent), higher graduation rates from high school (95%) and college (63%), and higher-income (12% higher annually). In fact, 89% said educational trips had a positive, lasting impact on their education and career because the trips made them more engaged, intellectually curious, and interested in and out of school.
The Leaders To Learners field study grant will allow select black male educators to expose their students to new relatable experiences. To give students a variety of outcomes, we need to provide them with various options. Leaving them with a lasting impact that will help build intrinsic motivation.