The following conversation occurred on Facebook last November. As an educator how would you respond?
So the school wants to take my 7 year old on a field trip to Agribition. Sounded like a great idea til I read the note. They want parent volunteers. “Please let me know if you would be interested in chaperoning our trip. I will be dividing students into groups and assigning groups to parents. You are free to spend the day touring Agribition with your group.” Sure why not? I definately send my child to school in a classroom with a trained and educated teacher who is used to keeping track of all the children in her class so that he can be driven to Agribition on a bus and set loose with a parent I’ve never met and has no training in dealing with or keeping track of “groups” of 7 year olds! Not a well thought out field trip at all!
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Margaret YIKES! Better voice your concern! I hope this is NOT common practice in your school.
Barbara I’ll be voicing it at the parent teacher interview next Thursday as well as in a phone call to the school on Tuesday when they are open again. Donavon will not be participating in this field trip.
- Margaret They should not be dispersing the groups
Barbara It ranks right up there with the skating note that states that “this is part of our Phys. Ed program therefore all students are expected to participate”. That’s right under the part where the note says there are going skating twice, for one hour each time and each student is required to have their own skates and their own helmet. The helmet must be a hockey or speed skating helmet. Yeah, cause I’m going to run out and buy a hundred dollars worth of equipment for EACH of my two children so they can participate in two hours worth of skating and one doesn’t even want to so I know he’ll never use the skates again. GET REAL!
Margaret yup, that’s what happens when you live in a community where everyone earns too much money! All kids get to do everything they want and even some things they don’t want!
Barbara But not everyone earns too much money. And it’s not even really about the money. Yeah, we could afford to go buy those things for them, but I refuse to. Because it’s wasteful. I will not go buy them each skates and a fifty dollar helmet to be used for 2 hours and never touched again. That’s ridiculous. Ashton wants to go. He can use my skates as they will fit him and I’ll find him a helmet. But Don doesn’t want to which clearly tells me that I’d be wasting my money because he wouldn’t do it again outside of school anyways. And if I go buy that stuff this year, I would expected to go buy all new stuff next year when they are doing it again because he would have grown out of it.
Barbara I think it is a good thing that the school is closed until Tuesday. It will give me time to calm down before I have to talk to them and explain to them why my child will not be participating in those activities. Geesh!
Margaret well, hopefully you can make them see their lapse in judgement on the Agribition trip and they can fix the problem before it happens!
Barbara My major issue is the whole splitting up into groups and sending my child off with some random adult at one of the busiest events in Saskatchewan. But even putting that aside . . . . Agribition? Really!?!? You couldn’t think of something that that age group would enjoy and would have a little more educational value. I mean, if you’re going to take twenty 7 year olds into Regina, go to the Science Centre, go to the RCMP museum. Agribition???
Leonard OK so what is Agribition???
Margaret Agricultural Exhibition (We live in Saskatchewan)
Leonard For 7 year olds don’t sound like its for kids
Leonard How far are u from Saskatoon I may be there Tue or wes