Should students be given school credit for extra-curricular activities?

  • Sports and school!

    Sports are a huge part in the day of high school students and when people are paid to teach us how to play the sport why are we not given the opportunity for credits because we enjoy it? Or because its not during the day. That is was my principal said why we cant have it and I disagree with him

  • Can help with health

    If the grade that they get is not what they expected, especially in physical activity, it will make the student work harder, making them more healthy. This will motivate them making them healthier. This is why extra-curricular activities should receive some school credit. It can also help with their grade.

  • They offer learning material that cant be taught in school

    Most extra-curricular activities are physically active, getting the student out from behind their desk and making them try new things. Physical activity is extremely important for general health whilst ensuring that students are exposed to practical tasks, not just what is taught in class. Sports clubs and teams give students the opportunity to do physical exercise in an enjoyable environment whilst activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh award teach skills such as map reading and organisation of a group. The normal curriculum can only go so far as to teach and educate students about academic theories. But students whose only experience of school or college is one of rigid academic study may not be able to apply what they have learned in practice. Extra curricular activities encourage a diverse range of skills and methods of learning that encompass the diverse needs of students. For example, schemes such as Young Enterprise allow students to experience of practical business skills and valuable communication and team work skills.

  • Students commit time and they learn, just like a class.

    Students commit time to extra curriculars and this time means less time spent on homework for other classes just like another class would. Furthermore, students learn things (i.E. Social and applicable skills) just like They do in class by giving them credits, it validates their hard work and encourages others to do the same. Administrators who fear this will discriminate against students with jobs fail to consider that jobs could also be eligible for credits because they spend time and learn just like the activities stated above.

  • Of course they should!

    Now that gym has become a mandatory school program that you need to pass to continue to the next grade, Extracurricular activities are still optional, but if they get extra credit for doing something they like, then they would strive to do even better than if their school forced them to join a team.

  • Yes, they should.

    Giving students some credit for doing extra-curricular activities would give them more incentive to try out new things and possibly help out their community while they are young. It might help lead them down a path where they want to stay healthy and active or help others in the future too.

  • Yes extra activities can be educational.

    It probably depends upon the activity we are talking about, but there are certainly some activities that would be very educational and that should earn extra credits for the student. Then students will be motivated to take on additional activities without feeling they are jeopardizing their school work and so might be willing to try new things.

  • Rewards Are Not Bad

    I do not know how a school system would given school credit for extra-curricular activities, but I see no problem with students receiving some type of additional reward for participating in these activities. I think it is a good idea to encourage students to participate because they will be more likely to participate in society at an older age.

  • Students should be given school credit for extra-curricular activities.

    Students should be given school credit for extra-curricular activities. I think this would be a good way to encourage other students to get involved in these extra-curricular activities. Extra-curricular activities are good for the students and it also helps when they go to apply for college. Schools should give students credit for the time they spend in these activities.

  • No, extracurricular activities should not count towards school credit.

    Except for on rare occasions, such as when high schoolers who do not wish to pursue college degrees do on-the-job training, extracurricular activities shouldn't count toward school credit. Things like playing sports and playing instruments outside of class time should be considered more "for fun," and shouldn't be graded or be for credit. Credits should go toward courses (science, math, reading, etc.) that will teach children important lessons and prepare them for the future, and possibly for college.

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