I just found out that Sabi's grade level field trip will be an excursion to John's Incredible Pizza. I am SO not happy. I am a firm believer in educational field trips for children. On top of that, I HATE John's Incredible Pizza.
I have been to J.I.P. for their "field trip" before when Sabi was in Pre-School. The field trip is essentially a 2 hour long self promoting commercial for them. The kids are not educated on the nutritional value (or lack thereof) of the pizza or where the ingredients come from. All they do on this trip is make their own pizza, get a guided tour around the place and then get to eat their pizza and play a bit.
Why do I hate the place? J.I.P. is noisy and crazy but I really don't hate it for that. One of my biggest problems with the place is their HUGE arcade. I think that kids today are playing with video games too much and are not seeing the link between fantasy and reality. Some of the games that they have at J.I.P. are very violent and just inappropriate for children. One of the games has life size mannequins of 20's era gangsters with machine guns, etc. I was appalled just to see it in the building.
The other thing that I can't stand about that place is what is does to kids. I have been to several birthday parties there and the kids get absolutely nuts there. It is probably a combination of too much junk to eat in their all you can eat food/drink bar, the loud noise and the lure of the goodies that can be redeemed with tickets earned from all of the games. Give a kid about 20 minutes in that place and they will transform from a calm and quiet child to a non-compliant and smart mouthed kid. There is too much stimulation in one place and it is bound to drive anyone up the wall.
So - what do I do about this field trip situation? I do not want to allow Sabina to go for many reasons. I know that she will be very upset at me because "everyone else is going mom!" As an educator and as a parent though I feel that I just can't allow her to go because it is sending a message that I think that this type of school sanctioned activity, during school time is ok.
What are your thoughts?