Why Kids Need Field Trips

“In an experiment done in Arkansas, students went on a field trip to a new museum (financed with Wal-Mart money, in case that makes a difference to you) and were then monitored for their responses to a range of questions a few weeks later. The results were compared with those of a control group that didn’t visit the museum. The researchers’ basic conclusion: “Field trips contribute to the development of students into civilized young men and women who possess more knowledge about art, have stronger critical-thinking skills, exhibit increased historical empathy, display higher levels of tolerance, and have a greater taste for consuming art and culture.”

Translation: Kids who go to museums get more than just the chance to skip school for the day.”


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