Washington D.C., the capital of the United States. The seat of power for all 50 states. A place known for creating laws, and nearly arguing bills to death. But the city is also so much more. It’s a hotbed for culture and art. Washington D.C. has many museums, most of which are free to the public, and a large majority of those museums are art-based. Here’s some that are definitely worth discovering:
Science? Understanding the world around you is definitely important. History? Analyzing the past is the one true way we don’t repeat it. Literature? Developing our own language and understanding is crucial for educating. All of these are wildly important and yet, many people will skim over one of humanity's favorite pastimes: art.
If you are an avid traveler, or someone that has stepped into a DMV in the last year or so, you have probably seen or heard more promotion of obtaining a Real ID. Though talk of this has become seemingly more prominent in the last year or so, the Real ID Act was enacted after September 11, 2001, with implementation of the law in 2008.
If you ask any school age child within 2 hours of Washington, D.C. if they have ever been to the nation’s capital on a field trip, the answer will most definitely be “YES!” They go for a day - on a bus, or on the train - visit as many Smithsonian museums as they can (that miraculously fit in the curriculum) and then head home. They are tired, happy, and full of the history and culture of our capital city.
This quote by author Richard Louv* beautifully illustrates the core values of educational travel in the lives of young people. Each of you, as educators or mentors to a younger generation, have had an experience in your personal history which inspires you to do what you do. Take a moment to think back to what that impactful experience was... it wasn’t just a great lecture, or a fantastic worksheet, or a great score on a test, it was something that you saw or did – something that you experienced with your senses that lit a fire inside of you. Do you remember what it was?