by Darkhorse 13 Replies latest jw friends

  • Darkhorse

    Hi, have a question (I am not a JW). Is it unusual for a JW to allow their children to go on school class trips to Washington D.C.?
    Because of their beliefs, I would think going to D.C. on a class trip would be a no-no.

  • Amazing

    We did, as long as the trip was well monitored by teachers. I did not always like the permission forms, because the school district like to exempt themselves from every responsibility. So, I wuld make additions to the form holding them liable for negligence. They would call me, and eventually, we compromised. What I didn't know at the time, until I tlaked with a lawyer, is that it is still easy to hold them civily liable, even if your sign their waiver.

    As far as the content, the school field trips never presented any topic that I objected to as a JW. The non-JW standards of the teachers and school district were eual to or greater than JW standards.

    The only possible topic of a trip might be nationalistic tours, but these seemed no different than historical museums and sites, so I never objected.

  • Pathofthorns

    Day trips were not objected to. But a young Witness would often have difficulty with regard to over-night trips or trips lasting several days.


  • Elsewhere

    Yeah, night trips were a no-no because it was common knowledge that they would inevitably lead to orgies. [8>]

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  • writerpen

    When I was a kid, there was this trip to DC that came up. I just knew not to ask if I could go because of the whole "bad association spoils useful habits" bullshit. But I did ask, and to my disbelief my parents allowed me to go for that day trip. I had the absolute greatest time and wish that they had encouraged inclusion in other activities as well. But as everyone else has stated, night trips were a no no, as was dances and other things - many many other things.

  • maxwell

    In my area, I knew of a few kids who went on over night trips. I believe the thinking is that you should way the dangers of bad association against the benefit of the trip; however, ultimately, the decision is between the parent and the child. Of course individual congregations or elders might take a harsh view on the matter and frown on people who didn't go along with their way.

    I never went on any overnight trips but I did go on an annual all day band trip. After the parade, everyone boys and girls would change clothes on the bus. There would be a lot of adolescent, teenager, whooping and hollering on the bus from the guys watching the majorettes in their underwear, but unfortunately, no orgies. Of course there were a few isolated make-out sessions.

  • flower

    We were allowed to go on class field trips all the time.

  • ThiChi

    On our Field Trip release, they sought to have medical control in a disaster (always read the small print, it is never good news). I crossed out this part, and the School District denied my daughter the “privilege” of going on the field trip.

    To make a long story short, I got a lawyer and I won the day and my daughter went on the field trip.....

  • spender

    day trips were fine, overnight trips weren't least till I was 16/17 (doesn't that seem backwards to you?), dances weren't ok. about washington dc, I was allowed to go, and I had a great time. When I came back and told my mom about all the great stuff we saw and how we got to sit in on a senate meeting, and how it was a fun trip, she gave me the typical jw talk about politics and blah blah blah....what a way to ruin a conversation with your kid.

  • Darkhorse

    Thanks for your responses, which were very interesting responses. This trip was definitely an overnight trip and the child was very early teen's. I have a feeling the parents did not care what the "others" thought.

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