Museums develop traveling programs for schools

04/22/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Museums across the country are bringing lessons in science, art and other subjects to the classroom amid an increased focus on testing and budget cuts that have led to a decline in school field trips. Museum educators have developed online lessons, classroom materials and traveling programs designed to complement the curriculum, but some worry students are missing out by not visiting the museums. "In this program, they get more focus on what paleontologists actually do," an educator at Boston's Museum of Science said, "But they miss the wow factor of actually seeing that huge Triceratops skeleton."

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