County Virtual school class takes field trip
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BRADLEY COUNTY VIRTUAL SCHOOL students gather for a photo on the steps of the Rhea County Courthouse while on a field trip to Dayton to learn about the famous John Scopes trial that concerned whether or not the theory of evolution would be taught in schools.
Contributed photo BRADLEY COUNTY VIRTUAL SCHOOL students gather for a photo on the steps of the Rhea County Courthouse while on a field trip to Dayton to learn about the famous John Scopes trial that concerned whether or not the theory of evolution would be taught in schools.
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Eighty-two teachers, students and family members from Bradley County Virtual School recently traveled to Dayton for a field trip to learn about a case of developmental history right the students’ our own backyard.

The John Scopes Trial, popularly known as “The Monkey Trial,” began its development right in the small town of Dayton, when a controversial statute was passed in March of 1925 regarding the teaching of evolution.

The students were given assignments from all of their subjects ranging from researching prior to the trip, participating in a lesson at the event, to reporting details after the field trip ended.

This four-hour event included a guided tour through the actual courtroom and a museum that has been created in honor of the popular trial.

This opportunity allowed students and parents to join together to learn about a piece of history not even 60 miles from their own home.

School officials said the turnout for the trip was “impressive,” and the participation from students was “even more astounding.”

All who attended not only learned about history through the historical documentation, but also visited the site where it all took place.