“All parents and teachers should read this book.”—Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Levy Institute Research Professor, Bard College


About Out of the Classroom and Into the World


From seasoned educator and Bank Street College of Education professor Salvatore Vascellaro, here is a bold new call for taking children and teachers into the wider world as the key to improving our struggling schools.

In an educational environment that continues to support the nineteenth-century mission of mass producing workers for a factory economy, teaching becomes less about the pursuit of knowledge and more about squeezing “productivity” out of learners within the shortest amount of time. Vascellaro demonstrates that the wider world around students offers a deeper, more vital education that sparks their imagination, fuels their thinking, and compels them to have an impact on their environment—now and in the future.

Combining practical and theoretical guidance, along with informative photos and illustrations, Out of the Classroom and Into the World visits a rich variety of classrooms transformed by innovative field trip curricula—showing how student’s hearts and minds are opened as they discover how a suspension bridge works, see what connects them to the people and places of their neighborhood, and come to understand the ecosystem of a river by following it to its source. Vascellaro also shows that what teachers can offer children is fueled by their own engagement with the world, and he offers stunning examples from the present and past of teachers awakened by their direct experiences with the social issues plaguing American society, from the flood-torn neighborhoods on New Orleans to the mining areas of West Virginia.

Out of the Classroom and Into the World is a direct retort to test scores and standards as adequate measures of teaching and learning—an inspiring new resource for anyone interested in reinvigorating America’s classrooms.


For an article by Elisabeth Jakab on Out of the Classroom and into the World, click here.