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In late spring, when the school year is coming to a close, a teacher's thoughts turn to field trips. And Boston, the Cradle of Liberty, is abounding with possibilities. Students can explore what Thoreau called "the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature" at Walden Pond.  Then at the nearby Old North Bridge, they can relive the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

In town, the Prudential Skywalk Observatory offers a panorama. Close up, Beacon Hill and the Back Bay provide striking examples of architecture, like the culturally-rich Vilna Shul, Boston's last immigrant-era synagogue. Of course, teachers would be careful to assure parents that there would be no proselytism of any kind taking place. A visit to a Jewish synagogue would be for educational purposes only.

And what Boston field trip would be complete without seeing the Old North Church, the oldest standing church in Boston, and the location of the "fateful event" that "ignited the American Revolution"? Of course, since this historical gem is still a functioning congregation, teachers would once again be vigilant to ensure that no proselytism occurred. They would also, of course, prohibit students from participating in anything that might be construed as "worship."


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