My DS's class (6th) was the only one in his school (K-8) that didn't get to go on a field trip this year (private school, each grade is 1 classroom). His teacher must have received multiple complaints about it because she sent out an email to the parents saying this:
Dear Sixth Grade Families and Students,
A number of parents have contacted me asking whether the students
will be going on a field trip.
Originally, I planned to take the students to the museum
for a guided tour. The cost would have been more than $500
for the bus and tour, not including lunch or any other activities.
Rather than presume that families would want to pay more than $20 per
student, we have found a sponsor to pay for an afternoon of bowling
at the local bowling lanes. This was to be a surprise for the
The facility will be open only for us (our 6th grade class), from 11-
1 PM. We will be leaving school to go bowling and eat
pizza instead of afternoon classes! The games, the shoes, pizza, and
beverages will be provided for us, and students will be able to win
prizes for beating my bowling scores.
Something rubs me the wrong way in this email. It's a private school and trust me we pay a good deal of money so why wouldn't she presume that we would rather our kids take an education field trip that ties along to their studies than a free trip to a bowling alley? Why couldn't they go to the museum without the guided tour if they wanted to save money?
I feel like their class was jipped out of what could have been a great learning experience. I also feel like this was a last minute cop-out because she failed to arrange a field trip earlier (the field trip is 2 days before the last day of school). It really annoys me. DS will continue to have this teacher for the next 2 years so I don't want to fire back an angry email to her. Plus, I catch the vibe from her that she isn't particularly fond of my DS anyway as she has vented to me about her frustrations with him being spacey. I don't want to give him an even bigger target on his back.