Are you preparing your field trip itinerary for the upcoming school year in Birmingham, AL? If so, consider adding one, two or maybe all the locations below to your schedule. Each is free offering educational activities and features, interesting information and excitement for students. Students are always interested in a day away from the classroom. And when adding an interesting educational event to the plans, what could be better for the teacher, school administration and of course, the students?
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame : They say music creates self discipline skills in addition to sharpening students critical thinking ability. Adding music to student’s daily activities has been known to improve their cognitive development skills, math resolution ability, reading skills, boost self esteem, improve test scores, help children’s ability to work in teams, enhances spatial reasoning skills and even has been shown to improve attendance. When introduced to music early, students begin to create and develop innovative ideas such as the internet, the cell phone and even the computer. Research also indicates children introduced to music early were more prone to graduate and move on to higher education. Musically inclined students were less likely to get involved in crime, gangs and never even considered experimenting with drugs. Introducing students to great minds in fields such as jazz can be an invitation to amazing careers in music. Plan yearly field trips to Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and allow your students an opportunity to understand and feel the sensation of ‘Jazz.’
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute: Their mission is “To promote civil and human rights worldwide through education.” Dr Martin Luther King’s vision for everyone, not just African Americans, but all people regardless of race, creed or color was to be treated equally. This dream was the force that moved him to build the Birmingham Civil Rights Institution. According to Yahoo! Travel “The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute was named by Yahoo! Travel as one of the top ten places every child should visit. In addition, it was also one of the 562 attractions nominated for inclusion in the top ten lists by the public.”
16th Street Baptist Church: On September 15, 1963, a racially motivated bombing took the lives of four young African American females. This heartless act was so emotional it became a turning point in the fight for racial equality. When word spread of the church bombing and death of the four young females, support grew so strongly that passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 took place. The Act changed the course of history forever. Everyone should be encouraged to visit the 16th Street Baptist Church when in Birmingham. Included in every area schools yearly activities should be a field trip to the church. Understanding the blight on our country’s history is vital in the fight never allowing it to be repeated.