Constructive
"Almost every high school in the U.S. offers some type of extracurricular activity, such as music, academic clubs, and sports. These activities offer opportunities for students to learn the values of teamwork, individual and group responsibility, physical strength and endurance, competition, diversity, and a sense of culture and community. Extracurricular activities provide a channel for reinforcing the lessons learned in the classroom, offering students the opportunity to apply academic skills in a real-world context, and are thus considered part of a well-rounded education." (http://nces.ed.gov/pubs95/web/95741.asp) Taking knowledge learned in school, and being able to apply these skills into real world situations is in important quality to have. That is why I, the affirmative support the resolution that high schools should require extracurriculars for all students.
For this debate, my value is achievement. It is important for students to excel and achieve in school, to better our future generations. With involvement in extracurricular activities it not only helps students achieve in their current schools, but will show that they have met standards much higher than the average student.
My value criteria is ends-means analysis. The means of requiring students to engage in extra-curricular activities well out ways the means. Requiring students to get more involved in their high schools, can only help them in the end. There is no "loss" in this type of situation.
For the remainder of this debate, terms will be defined as followed:
achievement - a thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill.
2. extracurriculars - something pursued in addition to the normal course of study.
Both from google dictionary.
My first contention is, involvement in extracurricular activities relates directly to a students success. My first contention is, involvement in extracurricular activities relates directly to a students success. According to philosopher John Dewey "Dewey continually argues that education and learning are social and interactive processes, and thus the school itself is a social institution through which social reform can and should take place. In addition, he believed that students thrive in an environment where they are allowed to experience and interact with the curriculum, and all students should have the opportunity to take part in their own learning." By involving students outside of the classroom gives them a different perspective on learning. Rather than being graded for everything they do, this is purely an opportunity for students to learn more about they\'re skills, and themselves. Not only does this help for the further achievement of students who are very interested and thriving in schools, but requiring extracurriculars in high school for all students could benefit the at-risk students tremendously. According to John Mahooney and Robert Cairns, "engagement in school extracurricular activities is linked to decreasing rates of early school drop outs of both boys and girls. They discovered that such participation provides marginal students an opportunity to create a positive connection to their school." (http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/dec99/vol57/num04/-Extracurricular-Activities@-The-Path-to-Academic-Success?.aspx) This positive connection enables students who possibly would not have made it out of high school with a diploma to excel, by being around others who thrive to excel. Stating, that the ends of requiring kids to join an after school program could basically change their future, and over-all success and achievement in their lives. The analysis of ends to means makes complete sense in a situation like this, to put at-risk students around other students who thrive to achieve could alter another students mentality, helping them realize that there are better paths to choose, to reach a much more successful end.
My second contention is it is important that students are involved in various activities to become well-rounded individuals. My second contention is that is is important that students are involved in various activities to become well-rounded individuals. Although it may seem like the "smartest person" may become most successful is not always true. True achievers have a wide range of education and talents. To be so captivated and educated in one specific area, and ignorant in all others does not lead to a worldly individual. According to Albert Einstein, "Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else. And what a person thinks on his own without being stimulated by the thoughts and experiences