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Why Extracurricular Activities Are Important in Our School System

For a long time there has been a decline in the number of children participating in extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities are very important in the growth of a child, so every child should be participating in them regularly. They benefit children socially, emotionally and even academically.

People think that to be successful in life, you have to have an excellent education that has supplied you with knowledge about your chosen field of expertise. The fact is that yes, you aren’t going to succeed if you don’t have a good education, but there are other factors that lead to success as well, one of which is extracurricular activities.

Extracurricular activities allow you to become a well rounded person, with both intelligence and social skills. In Australia, we are seeing increasing numbers of highly educated people leaving our universities who can’t get jobs because they lack the social skills to be accepted into a workplace environment. These people have the best education we can give them, but it is wasted on them because they can’t hold down a job after leaving the education system.

The reason that they are so smart but don’t have any social ability is because while most kids are representing their school playing sport, or painting a picture in an after school art class, these people were at home, studying for the “all-important” test that is coming up.

Not only do extracurricular activities improve a child’s but they also promote good health and fitness. The most common extracurricular program is playing sport, not only because it is easy for school teachers to organize, but because it also benefits the children’s personal development and wellbeing in keeping them fit and healthy. One of the greatest threats we are facing today is not terrorism, but is in fact childhood obesity.

Today, there are disturbing trends about the health of our children that are beginning to show. Not only are more and more children being classified as overweight, but there are more sufferers of so called, “lifestyle diseases” such as diabetes. These trends began when children stopped doing extracurricular activities and instead began staying inside, at home watching television or playing video games.

There are also some academic benefits to a child participating in regular extracurricular activities. For a child to learn successfully, they cannot just study all day long. The more information that you try and memorise, the harder it becomes to remember it all. This is where extracurricular activities come in. By sending your child to an extracurricular activity you are giving them a break from study and a chance for their minds to try and retain all of the information that they have been given during their study session.

Apart from all of the benefits that extracurricular activities have on your child, there is one main reason for doing them and there is no excuse not to. You should be allowing your child to be happy! Childhood is a time that everyone should look back on later in life and remember all of the good times that they had. They should have better memories than just reading through textbooks and writing essays and extracurricular activities can do that for your child. They are especially good for parents who work long hours and don’t have very much time to spend with their children. For example, instead of giving your child the house key and telling them to go straight home from school and lock the doors, you can send them to an extracurricular activity where they will be able to have fun, learn and most importantly be under supervision at all times.

In these modern times, there is not enough importance placed on participation in extracurricular activities, which is a large part of a child’s development. Most extracurricular activities are either free, or very cheap and it is much safer for your child to be at one, rather than at home alone or playing on the street. There is no excuse for not allowing your child to participate in extracurricular activities.

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Glad to have read this, I was about to write a similar article. You have coverede the points well.

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