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Students should be engaged in extra curricular activities

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Started: 7/22/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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prefdave

Pro

The first round of this debate will be views on the topic, and the same pattern will continue throughout the debate, with the choice of rebuttals and counters from the second round onwards.
The adage "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" has acquired a lot of significance today. This is because today"s kids are told to "Play less and study more!" Kids today are forced to get very high GPAs (Grade Point Averages) or secure very high percentages (read unrealistically high!). Thanks to the high cut offs in most of the colleges and universities. Come exams and children go through a hell of a time, leaving them no time for anything other than studies. The curriculum and syllabus framed is so vast that children don"t find the time to pursue their hobbies seriously. Schools and colleges emphasize on students getting good grades and very high marks, all in a bid to get recognition! They are all result oriented. Students find school nightmarish because of all the pressure and the anxiety. Why are we burdening them at such a young age? The realm of education is transforming from boon to bane, given the current circumstances! If it is slightly altered, from a broader perspective, it would be perfectly conducive.

Gone are the days when kids would happily play outside their homes! Now you can only see them poring over books or hooked to the internet! Agreed, academics plays a vital role in the kids" future. I"m not of the view that academics must be neglected. It is very important that we do well academically. Knowledge is one"s greatest possession. But that should not let the extra curriculars take a back seat! Both are equally important. They are needed for recreation. Otherwise, the very purpose of education stands defeated. Parents and teachers should take active interest in encouraging children to participate in extra curricular activities.
soumya_a_thomas

Con

While extracurricular activities can definitely be a positive way for children to become a talented musician or athlete, they can also seriously detract from the quality of their childhood.
One of the pitfalls of too many extracurricular activities is that child's grades can begin to fall. When time for sleep and homework is reduced, it is almost inevitable that schoolwork quality declines. While the child is in school, maintaining focus on grades is his most important job. If extracurricular activities begin to take over their life, they could even risk not graduating from high school.
Children who have too many extracurricular activities may end up with physical ailments as a result. Some these can include physical injury,sickness and fatigue. Stress from high expectations from themselves, coaches, friends, the competition and teachers can also lead to other health concerns.
Students should be allowed to focus upon subjects that will help them with their future career.
Debate Round No. 1
prefdave

Pro

I am not sure how many parents are aware of this fact, but many reputed universities look for a resume that is about more than just academics. They look beyond the grades and marks. How accomplished a prospective student is, is judged on an all round criterion. Skills and activities are thoroughly examined. I think that this awareness must be made widespread, especially for students aspiring to study abroad and even generally, it is better to be versatile.
Con has said
'One of the pitfalls of too many extracurricular activities is that child's grades can begin to fall. When time for sleep and homework is reduced, it is almost inevitable that schoolwork quality declines. While the child is in school, maintaining focus on grades is his most important job. If extracurricular activities begin to take over their life, they could even risk not graduating from high school.'
Nowadays, it is not just the working people and office-goers that undergo stress. Even young students have fallen pray to this! Competitive exams, competition in the class to come first, weekly tests etc. make the children succumb to stress. Apart from good sleep, extra curricular activities play a key role in busting this stress. They provide the much needed leisure and recreation. They cool the mind down and remove all the tension.
There is no solid basis for the fact that extra curricular activities deprive children of their sleep or their time. In fact when you are multi-tasking, you develop better time managerial and prioritizing skills. You will come across many situations where you have to do more than one thing! And this requires time management, which is one of the most important skills everyone should possess. Also, prioritizing is needed to make the right decisions in limited time. Big things should assume importance, in comparison with the insignificant ones. This ability to differentiate the wheat from the chaff is called prioritizing. Participating in many activities will improve the kids" ability to handle different things and take on newer challenges.
"Children who have too many extracurricular activities may end up with physical ailments as a result."
The topic does not state that students should break their heads over extra curricular activities. One or two of them will be plenty.
Over to con.
soumya_a_thomas

Con

Pressure
Participating in extracurricular activities can place a child under pressure to not only succeed in the activity, but manage and balance his schedule. This pressure is increased when the activity is based on a parent's interest or when the child has a type-A personality and feels he must do everything well. It can lead a child to become anxious, distracted and/or emotional, behaviors that can affect other areas of his life. On a related note, some extracurricular activities require a financial commitment that can put pressure on the family budget.

Schoolwork Demands
A child's schoolwork may suffer from participation in extracurricular activities. Athletic activities and performance clubs (e.g., drama, marching band) are examples of activities that require students to devote a significant amount of time to practicing a craft and preparing for performance. Games and performances, in and of themselves, can last for several hours. The time these activities takes up reduces the amount of time a student has to devote to his academic work, something that can be especially problematic for a student who's already struggling in his studies.

Overscheduling
Participating in extracurricular activities can result in a child having an over-scheduled calendar. Too much structure infringes on a child's ability to simply be, organically find creative ways to spend his time or meet new friends. The child's packed schedule can also affect the entire family by making it difficult for it to spend time together.
Debate Round No. 2
prefdave

Pro

"Participating in extracurricular activities can place a child under pressure to not only succeed in the activity, but manage and balance his schedule."
Time management is a trait that every child must inculcate from a young age. Time management is the first trait that is examined of a person who has just joined a job. The employers cannot afford to have somebody who cannot manage time.
I have already mentioned in round 2 that extra curricular activities help develop this time management, which is an advantage.

"Participating in extracurricular activities can result in a child having an over-scheduled calendar"
Con seems to have repeated a similar point twice

Sometimes, sticking only to academics will not fetch a person (especially a school going student) many friends. It is only when they go out there, into the real world, that they meet new people, socialize and make friends. When they meet people and discover shared common interests, that is when they begin to bond! Taking part in group activities is a great way to make friends. Whether it is playing a sport or dancing in a group. The student will meet them regularly and keep in touch, and later, this gives them a sense of attachment and a sense of belonging. It is thus safe to say that taking part in such activities is a pre-requisite for a happening social life.
On the same note, inferiority complexes and the lack of self worth arise out of a feeling of non-accomplishment. Many times, children who have not stepped out and tried anything may later get this feeling. After all, an empty mind is a devil"s workshop! If children are involved in many activities, they will not have the time to think negative thoughts. Doing fun stuff like singing, dancing, or playing sports gives them a feeling of self-worth and this raises their self-esteem. They become more aware and acquire more exposure, making them more knowledgeable and having more experience. They become bold and learn how to face life.
Over to Con.
soumya_a_thomas

Con

soumya_a_thomas forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
prefdave

Pro

prefdave forfeited this round.
soumya_a_thomas

Con

I would like to present more arguements for my side since Pro also forfeited.
Numerous studies have been conducted concerning the relationship between extracurricular activities and academic performance. It is found that participation in some extra curricular activities diminishes achievement.Children who have too many extracurricular activities may end up with physical ailments as a result. These can include physical injury sickness and fatigue. Children may break their bones and can suffer from serious injuries. This can make them loose days,weeks or even months of their valuable academic days. Some children may face permanent problems throughout their life(for instance:a vein being misplaced) .Stress from high expectations from himself, you, coaches, friends, the competition and teachers can also lead to other health concerns.

Children who take part in more than 17 hours of extracurricular activities a week could be harming their educational prospects, a study has found.Parents hoping to raise rounded offspring by enrolling children in ballet classes or piano lessons may be exposing them to increased stress, researchers have argued.Instead of filling their children"s free time with extracurricular pursuits, families have been urged to encourage an equal amount of "free play" as well.For students taking part in more than 17 hours of lessons, clubs and classes outside school, their grades and overall well being notably dropped."Above a certain level , you see a decline in grades and a decline in achievement," For students spending more free time on non-academic pursuits, exam results were found to fall. Pupils with more than ten extracurricular activities a week had a four per cent lower grade average than normal and even achieved worse results than school friends who had no organised pursuits outside school.The study comes after it was announced that the Young People"s Learning Agency confirmed it was to cut its "entitlement funding" " which pays for tutorials and extracurricular activities " would be cut from 114 annual hours per student to just 30.Sixth-form college principals have said the moves will have a severe impact on institutions" efforts to get students into higher education and jobs.

Early Pressures
Starting extracurricular activities at a young age could mean the child burns out early on.Putting children in extracurricular activities too early can cause burn out. Scholastic states parents should not think that an early start in anything will lead to a career because most children do not grow up to be professional musicians or athletes. Extracurricular activities can teach children discipline, teamwork and other life skills but early involvement might be overwhelming for young students.This disadvantage can grow into resentment as well. Pushing your child into tons of tennis lessons or dance classes in order to give her a "head start" will most likely lead to her resenting both you and the activity. Later, older children might feel they gave up part of their childhoods. Children could want to quit the sport or activity but fear disappointing their parents. Parents and children should communicate so that young children do not face unneeded early pressures.

Frustrations
If a child spends too much time focused on one activity, she might not develop into a well-rounded individual.No matter the age, students can become frustrated if they are overworked with school, friends, family and extracurricular activities. Older students sometimes juggle jobs as well. Students need time to study, relax with peers and join family time. Anytime students struggle to find a balance in life, parents should look at their extracurricular involvement.Students might also be frustrated that they do not have time to grow their talents. If children put too much focus on a few, specific abilities, they might not develop into well-rounded people. To avoid this disadvantage, Scholastic suggests giving your child other options and encourage other interests, so he doesn't feel an overwhelming pressure to succeed at just one thing.

Physical Stresses
Extracurricular activities also place stresses on the child's body.Another disadvantage of extracurricular activities is physical stresses. Children might not always know how to articulate their physical problems, but Scholastic suggests looking for common ailments. In younger children, over scheduling most often takes the form of irritability, avoiding eye contact and tantrums. In older children, look out for mood swings, recurrent sickness such as stomachaches and complaints about the activities themselves. The activities might cause physical pain, such as leg cramps or headaches. In such cases, seek medical treatment to ensure your child's complaint does not warrant further attention.

Balancing schoolwork with extracurricular activities can be stressful for some students, especially when an abundance of activities takes up valuable time they need to study or complete homework. A student's involvement in extracurricular activities can put stress on the whole family when parents have to rush to shepherd kids to various tightly scheduled activities. Busy kids also have less time to spend at home with their families, which can put a strain on familial relationships as the kids get older.Some families may find that extracurricular activities are prohibitively expensive. Organized sports in particular not only carry registration fees, but also often require parents to purchase expensive equipment and uniforms. Music lessons carry expenses too, often requiring the purchase or rental of a musical instrument. Sports and music programs offered through schools may offer parents a reprieve by supplying equipment for students to use, but as arts and sports budgets are cut, these programs, and their associated equipment, are disappearing, leaving parents to shoulder the costs once again.

There are a lot of problems that the children have to cope up with. Some of them are..
Managing Time Commitments

Teenagers often struggle with time management, and some extracurricular activities demand more time and energy than many students can handle. If you’re a student who needs a little longer than your peers to finish your homework, an activity that takes up several hours every afternoon after school may not leave you with sufficient time to get all your work done. An alternative might be to get involved with clubs or activities that only meet once or twice a week or that only meet for short periods after school.

Becoming Consumed by an Activity

You may choose an activity that leaves enough time for school work and other priorities, but you might choose to devote your extra time and attention to that extracurricular interest. For example, you may love being involved with the drama program at your school because you love performing or working backstage, and it’s where your best friends are. So, instead of staying after class to get extra help when you need it or keeping up with your assignments or following through on chores at home or other priorities, you hang out at the auditorium or going over your lines and songs at home, leaving everything else undone until it's too late to catch up.

Might Be the Wrong Activity

If you're going to commit to an extracurricular activity, it should be one that you're interested in and that is rewarding to you. Parents may push certain activities with good intentions, but if piano lessons are stressful because you'd rather be playing basketball, talk with your parents about your feelings. Maybe you can find a compromise, such as a temporary break from lessons during basketball season.

Less Unstructured Play Time

When much of a young person’s life is scheduled, little time remains for the carefree moments that foster discovery and imagination. This is especially true in younger children, who need to be able to simply play and allow their minds to develop new games, instead of following a rigid schedule established by parents and other grown-ups. If you have a young child who has lessons, sports practice and other structured activities throughout the week, think about whether he's getting enough "kid time." If he seems stressed or over-scheduled, drop an activity and allow for some simple activities like tree climbing, informal games or free play with friends and family.



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Debate Round No. 4
prefdave

Pro

prefdave forfeited this round.
soumya_a_thomas

Con

Too sad Pro forfeited.
This is one of my first debates.
I extend my arguements.

PLEASE VOTE CON :)
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by soumya_a_thomas 2 years ago
soumya_a_thomas
cmon.....
don't give up.... !!
Posted by prefdave 2 years ago
prefdave
I lost!!
Posted by prefdave 2 years ago
prefdave
I won!
Posted by prefdave 2 years ago
prefdave
I need points for the con side of this topic!!!!!Why do u think I want you to debate.
Posted by soumya_a_thomas 2 years ago
soumya_a_thomas
OMG!!
I dunno..
maybe this topic won't come :)
After loosing in quiz...there's much pressure on debate
Posted by prefdave 2 years ago
prefdave
You've got to say that you lost the debate....
(type it in your round)
Posted by prefdave 2 years ago
prefdave
Tommorow's the competition. Finish off one more round, or forfeit the debat;)
Posted by soumya_a_thomas 2 years ago
soumya_a_thomas
Hey..
i think that's enough 4 today
let's continue tomorrow
Posted by prefdave 2 years ago
prefdave
HELLOOOo!!
Posted by prefdave 2 years ago
prefdave
Hellooo?
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Reasons for voting decision: This was a debate with arguments going back and forth. Unfortunately, due to pro forfeiting ( i understand that there were many forfeits) cons last arguments remained uncontested and unrefuted. Also, the arguments from both sides weren't that strong or well presented. I will only award a point to con for the forfeits at hand