11. July 2012 16:47
Michael Palin, the writer, TV presenter, and former Monty Python star has spoken out about the importance of Geography fieldtrips to children’s education. Here at ICS, we couldn’t agree more heartily with Mr Palin! We’ve written before about our philosophy of outdoor classroom, but heading into the holidays seems like a great opportunity to emphasise the importance of exploring the outdoors.
According to research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 13 per cent of schools failed to take children out of the classroom on a regular basis. ICS bucks the trend, with our dedicated outdoor education centre in Bawdsey, Suffolk, we are incredibly lucky to be able to offer our students a learning experience that isn’t simply restricted to the classroom.
Perhaps during these long summer holidays, parents will think about taking Mr Palin’s advice to heart, and take their children to see as much of the world as possible, because Mr Palin is right, getting out of the classroom doesn’t only lead to better informed, more engaged students, but also because “The next generation... are going to be around for the next, say, 120 years, they're going to have a lot to deal with and geography is key.”
How do you plan to explore the great outdoors this summer?