Field Trips Today: Museums, but Also Wastewater Plants

Good morning. It’s Wednesday. We’ll look at how school field trips are evolving. We’ll also find out what Gov. Kathy Hochul said as she signed a bill that called for a state task force to consider reparations for the lasting impact of slavery.

Credit…Natalie Keyssar for The New York Times

The fifth-graders on a school field trip stepped into a large, noisy room. The girls held their noses. The boys were wowed.

They were in the stinkiest part of a wastewater treatment plant on Long Island.

That schoolchildren were in that room was an indication of how field trips have evolved as science curriculums have changed. The children, from Oceanside School 8 in Oceanside, N.Y., had been learning about water and what happens when dirty water at home goes down the drain or the toilet.

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