As you are reading this, the School of Logic teachers and students, along with some gracious parent chaperones, are in the middle of our trips to Arkansas and the Texas Hill Country. The idea of taking 80 thirteen- and fourteen-year-old students on an overnight trip may sound like a fool’s errand, but at Regents, the field trips we take in 7th and 8th grade are central to the experience and what we strive to accomplish in the School of Logic.
The 7th grade class travels to Perryville, Arkansas to undergo a poverty simulation at Heifer Ranch. After they arrive, students are randomly assigned into families (each of which represents a specific impoverished region of the world), given specific resources, and then left on their own to figure out dinner. Giving hungry, tired teenagers this kind of freedom and responsibility is risky. However, it offers them an opportunity to cooperate and care for one another (or not), and the experience always provides a chance for us to continue to speak to their hearts about truth, virtue, and goodness.
The 8th grade trip brings the classroom to life in a way that also serves as a celebration of their time in SOL. The 8th graders drive to the Texas Hill Country to experience a combination of science, history, and worship. The trip involves 1960s era dance lessons, Earth Science come to life on Enchanted Rock, time travel back to a 1920s speakeasy and 1940s USO dance to live the history they have learned in the classroom, and concludes with a beautiful, completely student-led time of worship. All of this serves as a chance to celebrate the students and what they have learned in their time in the School of Logic.
So, yes, taking 80 middle school students on overnight field trips is as challenging and exhausting as it may sound, but the lessons and memories gained along the way make it all worthwhile.
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