Why are “the arts” and other extracurriculars important to my child’s development?
We all know that every student is different and has different likes and dislikes when it comes to school. Some students just push through the day to get to math club, or some push through to get to choir class, web design, or soccer practice. We put significant pressure on our students to succeed in academics, but it can be equally important to support them in their passions and other interests as well.
It’s no secret that school can be a chore for many students. Having students associate school with something other than academic work can have positive lasting effects on how they view education.
Succeeding in learning starts with the way students look at education. While they may not see the value in learning about the Revolutionary War, when they go to Web Design and learn cool new programs and ways to alter websites, they see that learning has value, even if it may seem useless on the surface.
There are endless benefits to students involving themselves in a course or extracurricular that makes them happy, but among some of the most important are the fact that they are surrounded with other students their same age who are interested in the same thing. This positive social interaction helps students associate school with their peers, and makes them want to come and spend time with them daily.
Often, extracurriculars can lead to careers as well. Students in coding or design courses already have a leg up on the competition because not only are they learning programs others won’t know for years to come, but also enjoy learning them and making new discoveries with their peers.
The fact is, in traditional courses, especially as students get older, they don’t get to interact with their peers as much or creatively develop projects like they did in elementary school. There is a lot of note and test-taking which isn’t bad, but doing that for six hours every day without getting to creatively solve problems with a group of like-minded students is detrimental to their success. Placing students in an environment with others and having them work together to solve problems prepares them for the real-world, and when you support your student’s extracurricular passions, you are also helping them prepare.

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