Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Final Destination Has a Lot to Answer For

I’m currently in Tokyo on holiday, so this is going to be a really quick Pop Quiz. I’m writing this during pauses in my last-minute packing frenzy, and that got me thinking about travel in terms of school trips. I’ve been on a fair few school trips, both as a staff member in my adult life and as a pupil when I was younger. Most of these have been day trips to other parts of the UK, but I did once spend a week in Germany when I was 15 and last September I accompanied a group of pupils from my school to the battlefields of WW1 in Belgium and France.

A couple of schools in my local area are in the process of organising far more ambitious and elaborate trips, including one to New York and one to China. I’ve never had the experience of taking a group of young people on such a long journey, especially one involving air travel.

I don’t have much time to write a long preamble (which is probably a good thing), so here are today’s Pop Quiz questions:


Have you, if you’re a parent or teacher, even been involved in a particularly memorable school trip? Maybe one to a particularly far-off destination? How did it go?

Do you think that school trips to foreign countries are beneficial for young people, especially in terms of the development of critical thinking skills?

If you could take a group of people on a trip to any one place, where would you take them and why?


The Pop Quiz is a question posed to you, the Scholars of Doubt. Look for it to appear Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3pm ET.

Featured Image: Wikimedia Commons

Previous post

Required Readings, 4 April, 2013

Next post

Where Do I Get One of These Fancy Essay Grading Bots?



Alasdair is a high school English teacher in Scotland. He's a passionate skeptic and science fan, which is why he runs a discussion club for young skeptics in his school. He loves space and astronomy more than pretty much anything and is studying for a physics degree in his spare time in order to become qualified to teach science.

He lives with a cat made of distilled hatred and spikes.

No Comment

Leave a reply