Safety first....

21st September 2001 at 01:00
School trips have been in the news this year for all the wrong reasons. While tragic events rightly make the headlines, the thousands of outings and holidays that entertain and enlighten are simply ignored.

If schools do what the doomsayers ask, what message does that send out to students?

A growing number of children are already ferried to and from school in cars, and unsupervised play seems to be a dying habit. Many playgrounds are becoming lessons in risk aversion. Now some are saying that even supervised trips are too risky in an increasingly blame and claim society.

Tested every step of the way, pupils are pressed to gain more exam passes than the generation before. Without school trips, we would narrow their experiences even further, and shut the rest of the world out of the classroom.

But after reading Dan Enyon's inspiring account of a trip to Morocco with students from Paignton Community College (page 12), or any of the numerous accounts in these pages of classroom knowledge coming to life, it's easier to be a believer in the value of school trips than a doubter.

Going Places is a celebration of all those destinations that ensure education doesn't end at the school gate.

Yolanda Brooks editor

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