It's happening, and you are paying for itYou say, "That nonsense is not in our local schools." Simply read the reference to Wade's latest blog posting (below). Folks, it's all here. And it's all being promoted by those who you trust to education your kids.
I don't make this stuff up, I just write about it. -- Jim
From the desk of the superintendent
August 18, 2009
Extracurricular Activities Play an Important Role in Complete School Experience
Posted at 10:34 am
Olentangy Local Schools mission is “to facilitate maximum learning for every student.” To achieve maximum learning, student instruction takes place both in and outside of our classrooms. Extracurricular activities and athletics offer great opportunities for student learning, socialization and personal expression. [Read more…]
Research suggests that participation in extracurricular activities provides extra motivation for students, a closer connection with their school community and often times their academic performance increases as well. In the article “The Extracurricular Advantage” by Douglas B. Reeves, a high school in Woodstock, Illinois saw dramatic increases across all academic areas during the same time that participation in extracurricular activities increased by 400 percent over a five year time span. While the increase in academics is not entirely attributed to the extracurricular participation, the author does suggest that “the positive peer and adult relationships, organization, discipline, expectations and other positive influences associated with extra curricular activities are likely to improve performance” (p87).
Many of our fall athletic teams and marching band groups are already underway. Students may also sign-up for various clubs and activities once school begins on August 26. The Board of Education recently approved a new policy for our home school students making it easier for them to participate in athletics and extracurricular activities.
Olentangy Local Schools offers several extracurricular activities and 27 varsity sports at each of our three high schools and more than 14 unique sports and clubs at our four middle schools. Regardless of your student’s interests, there is an opportunity for him or her to become more involved in their school community while learning valuable lessons and possibly even increasing their academic performance at the same time. That is maximum learning in action.
Reeves, D. (2008, September). The extracurricular advantage. Educational Leadership, 66 (1), 86-87.