Educational Expeditions

Cave Hill is a story about an educational expedition in 1967 well before such ventures became popular in Australia as extra-curricular activities. In research about the future directions of schooling I came across the Antipodeans Abroad website which offers to organize school expedition to locations like Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, China, and Borneo. They are mostly holiday adventures though some are community service ventures in third world countries. There are 55 Australian schools listed to partake in expeditions this year. Fantastic! for many of the students will learn more about life, culture environment and themselves on these trips they ever will in a years sitting meekly in a classroom.
I have always argued that the best education takes place outside the classroom, and would like to see every Australian student have such possibilities. The trips need not be overseas. Governments should make sure that every Australian child by Year 10 has spent a week on an educational trip to a Barrier Reef island, and another week at an inland property or a National Park like Carnarvon NP where the Cave Hill story is set. Unfortunately all the 55 schools On Antipodean Abroad tours this year are well to do independent schools, so this is an indication of another way that children from the lower socio-economic communities miss out on what should be an educational right not a privilege. I wonder if the Gronski reforms will help correct this imbalance in the educational system.

About rpsimson1936

Retired geography and outdoor education teacher who loves orienteering and writes novels.
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