The Community Roundtable on athletics and extracurricular activities that was held on Monday, Feb. 8, included lively discussion on a variety of topics. In order to keep the conversation going, we invite readers to post their thoughts on the following question that was presented to participants at the Community Roundtable. Click here to read notes on what was discussed at the Community Roundtable.
Broadalbin-Perth offers 32 clubs across its four schools and 15 sports programs with teams at the modified, junior varsity and varsity levels. Much of the research into the value of extracurricular activities, such as the ones offered at B-P, suggests that they have positive effects on students who participate.
“Those effects can be particularly important for students who belong to ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, and students at risk of dropping out of school,” said John H. Holloway, a consultant for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, N.J. “Participation in school activities, especially athletics, leads to higher self-esteem and an enhanced status among peers. Some have argued that a positive self-esteem is a deterrent to antisocial behavior.”
According to CollegeBoard, the company that administers the SATs, colleges and universities care about students participating in clubs and sports, too. An article on the CollegeBoard Web site, www.collegeboard.com, explains to students, “Your activities reveal a great deal about you, such as how you’ve made a meaningful contribution to something; what your non-academic interests are; whether you can maintain a long-term commitment; whether you can manage your time and priorities; and what diversity you’d bring to the student body.”
Although the benefits that students can receive from participating in extracurricular activities are well-documented, the question remains: Are they worth it? During these difficult economic times, should schools like Broadalbin-Perth devote resources to extracurriculars like clubs and sports or focus their efforts on the classroom?
What value do you place on extracurricular activities, such as clubs and sports? Are they an essential part of a well-rounded education? Or are they luxuries we can do without?
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