Extracurricular Activities: An Essential Aspect of Education
by Jennifer Fredricks - May 23, 2011
In this commentary, the author makes the case for broadening our notion of education to consider organized out-of-school activities (i.e., extracurricular activities, after school programming) as an essential aspect of education. She describes the reasons why these activities provide unique opportunities for learning and development and reviews the research linking participation to higher achievement, physical health, and mental health functioning. She concludes by arguing that cuts to extracurricular and after-school programming is a misguided and costly policy decision.
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