Graduation Speech : Keep Extracurricular Activities Essay

3591 Words Dec 11th, 2014 15 Pages
Keep Extracurricular Activities In Schools
Tyler Stayer
Baylor University

Abstract Elementary school students in poor socio-economic areas are not granted the same opportunities to succeed as students from wealthier socio-economic school districts. Many schools in poorer communities, like Waco, are cutting after-school extra-curricular programs in favor of after-school tutoring programs. This is being done to improve students’ scores on standardized tests, like the STAR test in Texas. Allowing test scores to dictate school policies and programs makes it nearly impossible for students to explore their strengths and interest and therefore doesn’t allow students to realize their potential in subjects that are not defined by reading. During the spring of 2014 I had the opportunity to volunteer twice a week at Provident Heights elementary in Waco, Texas. The program I worked with put students from the fifth grade into after-school programs that had them play a sport called quidditch, originating from Harry Potter, and a photography club. Through this experience students were given an opportunity to explore interests that were not available to them in the past. Statistics will be shown in this research paper that show students participating in physical and creative activities do better on tests than students that do not participate in any extracurricular activities. Ultimately, this research paper will present the importance of keeping extracurricular programs in…

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