Field Trips or Outings?


Schoolbus

It is my belief that one’s sexual orientation is entirely one’s own business. No prejudice or discrimination should ever come to bear whether one is L, G, B, T or S. Likewise I believe one’s choice to make their sexual orientation public or not should rest entirely with the individual.

Therefore you will understand my surprise and shock when my significantly better half, a teacher by profession, informed me that the upcoming final two weeks of the school year, according to the curriculum, would be devoted to outings!

No doubt in an attempt to protect the school building from damage, whether physical or to its reputation, it appears these outings will take place off campus as a recent memo to parents indicates buses have been rented for the outings.

I realize that in our fast-paced Information Age children are more attuned to things than they were a generation ago. But she teaches at a school that goes from daycare up to grade six. While some of the older students are perhaps coming to terms with their sexuality, I can’t see how outing them can possibly be healthy.

No doubt in an attempt to protect the school building from damage, whether physical or to its reputation, it appears these outings will take place off campus as a recent memo to parents indicates buses have been rented for the outings.

Some of the outings are organized by the local municipality and evidently will be all day affairs as it is suggested students bring a lunch. Yet the timeline for all the outings is firm and parents  can rest assured their children will be back at school to be picked-up at the usual time.

Am I missing the point here? When I was in grade school the last couple of weeks were filled with field trips to museums or the planetarium. Maybe a day trip to the national capital in Ottawa. Things are a lot tougher now.

Me DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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