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Carol Bainbridge

Importance of Extracurricular Activities

By January 19, 2008

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I've often said that it was my son's participation in band, orchestra, choir, and theater that made high school tolerable for him. In those groups, he was able to find kids who were like him and who shared his interests. He felt he belonged with these kids. He also learned about effort and teamwork. And he learned about achievement. When he went off to college, he decided he would continue participating in marching band. That meant he had to leave more than a week early for school. It also meant that by the time classes started, he had already made friends and felt he was a part of the school.

Everything I read and hear about gifted kids says that participation in these kinds of activities can make a tremendous difference in their lives. Kids who underachieve in their academic subjects in school may excel in their extracurricular activities. And kids who feel alone and alienated may find a sense of belonging. Is this true in your family? Take the poll and let us know!

Poll: How important are extracurricular activities to your child?
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February 26, 2009 at 2:54 am
(1) Olivia says:

Extracurricular activities(ECA) is very important. Our current education system is imperfect – you can’t go to prominent schools if your curricular performance is bad. Let say a student spent 15 years in first, secondary school and he aims to enter the most prominent school in his nation. How if he does not own good results, it will doom him and the student may feel hard to accept the reality of being rejected by colleges.

Now, “A balanced guy is one who do not put things too off or until they are off”. How if he is very active in certain kinds of activities, then the viewpoint of others towards him may change optimistically. The probability and chance of entering the colleges he wanted will be higher.

This opinion is not easily understood unless you are a parent that has gone through this path.

August 31, 2009 at 10:27 am
(2) Payal Jain says:

..um all dis is kinda rite bt 4m d students’ point of view…things r jus a tad different u c…especially wid d senior kids…they’ve already got enough pressure on their heads u know…apart 4m even studies…managin’ events..n’ other stuff..so its not vry easy 2 actively n’ whole-heartedly participate in these activities..of course..ECA is helpful bt it pressurises kids a lot..in my own skool..ICSE selections r a breath away…n’ we hav an elocution competition 2morrow ..its d fault of d skool authorities too bt…cmon at least seniors can do wid a break….whaddya think..??

October 22, 2009 at 2:01 pm
(3) Denise says:

It doesnt matter if where in a extra-curricular activity or not. If we feel like gettin in ta trouble we will. No if ands or buts about it. Them extra activities just gives us a place to be bad at. They dont mean nonthing. It doesnt help to stick us in a extra-curricular activity.

December 8, 2010 at 4:54 pm
(4) Jacqueline says:

Obviously these immature children are lazy and will probably not go far in life with their disrespectful, disobedient, nasty attitudes. I am sad that the public school system and their parent(s) have failed them, especially with their English skills. Good luck finding anybody that will take you seriously.

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