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Extracurricular Activities

Are sports and other extracurricular activities important for high school students?

Extracurricular activities are activities that fall outside the regular curriculum. Sports and other extracurricular activities are important for high school students for several reasons. Extracurricular activities boost academic performance. While extracurricular activities take on a lot of time that could otherwise have been spent studying, they also increase brain function. Increased brain function helps with time management help with concentration, and consequently contribute to higher grades. A lot of studies carried out over the years have shown higher grades for more actively involved students.

Extracurricular activities make it possible for high school students to explore their interests and create broader perspectives. By taking part in different activities they are therefore able to find their interests and realize passions they did not know of. These discoveries can be useful in choosing a career. New activities also broaden interests. Extracurricular activities are also important for high school students as they boost self-esteem. Teenagers already have been found to have lower self-esteem compared to people other ages. By achieving success in extracurricular activities they are participating in, students’ self-confidence improves. This boosts self-esteem and more students are likely to take more risks including academically. Extracurricular activities are important for high school students because they provide social opportunities. Students can therefore expand their social network, which can come in handy when looking for a job. Extracurricular activities also provide productive and much needed breaks. Students also equip students with essential life skills, ‘real world’ skills such as leadership, public speaking, etc.


Should private schools be funded by federal, state, and local government?Extracurricular Activities

            No, the federal, state, and local government should not fund private schools. The budget does not leave a lot of extra money to education. Most public schools lack most resources needed in learning. Moreover, even with the resources they have, they do not have nearly close to what private schools have. In an effort to make all children get an equal and high quality of education, the government has continuously pumped more money into public schools, and even then, private schools still beat public schools resources wise. It would therefore be unfair and irresponsible for the government funds to go to private schools, as this would create a gap that would be quite difficult to merge between private and public schools. Private schools are also expensive. This means that only a small percentage of the people can afford to go to these schools. By funding these schools therefore, the government would only be funding the top 1 percent.

However, in some special cases the government can and does fund private schools. For instance if these schools are about to go bankrupt, to keep the doors open governments bail these schools out and have a controlling interest. In such cases, the laws of federal funds should apply and be followed.

Should teaching credentials be a mandatory requirement for allowing teachers to teach?

            Depending on the subject in question, yes teaching credentials should be a mandatory requirement for allowing teachers to teach. Teachers need to meet certain standards in their subject areas. They are also required to pass background checks for the age groups they intend on working with. They should also be up to speed in currently accepted teaching methods. The only way to make sure that teachers meet all this this requirements, is to take the necessary tests to pass the checks. While some of the required tests can be taken elsewhere, most of them are only available in the teacher certification colleges. By making it mandatory to have teaching credentials, there is order in the education system. I imagine it would be quite chaotic if anyone could walk in from the street and impact their version of knowledge on the students. There is also the matter of education quality. By being taught by certifies teachers then the education quality is bound to be high. This is because these teachers know what they are doing based on what is expected of them. Should instructors without credentials want to teach, they should be able to, under the title ‘tutor’. They can still be quite useful in the education system, and without interfering.Extracurricular Activities

















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