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A Surrey mom's concern about costly field trips

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jsteffenhagen

A Surrey mom has posed a question about high-school field trips that she hopes will spark a discussion among parents and teachers.

Harvinder Sandhu says she's unhappy about the way her son's band teacher talked to students about the possibility of an exotic-  and expensive - field trip before seeking input from parents.

She outlined her concerns in an opinion piece published in the Surrey Now:

"My teen's teachers decided to go somewhere exotic, a place I would love to visit one day when I can afford it," she writes. "The cost quoted for this destination is $3000 for a 10-day trip. My jaw dropped when I read the letter from the school outlining what teachers were planning. My teen is, of course, excited. Who wouldn't be? I would be ecstatic if my parents paid for me to go to an amazing locale.

"I am not excited. The destination is not essential for my teen to learn about life - in fact, if anything, it's too exotic a destination to learn anything of value other than having a great holiday! Yes, it has history, but my teen is not going to go to the museums unless he is dragged there and then it's still going to be wasted on him as he's not into that.

She says the teacher should have discussed the idea with parents before presenting it to students.

Saying no to my son is difficult now – he is excited," she writes. "His friends are going, it’s an experience of a lifetime, it’s going to be so much fun and on and on went the list of reasons why he should go and why I can’t say no because the whole trip will be cancelled."

She also says she feels sorry for the students whose families can’t afford the cost of the trip. “He or she will always remember that. A heartache that could be avoided if parents’ input was first obtained.”

What do you think? Does she have a point?

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