Eng315 Extracurricular Activities

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Extracurricular Activities: Vital  Educational Pursuits Caitlin Dekker
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One Problem: Salmanowitz 7,000 students drop  out every day and only  about 70% of students  graduate from high  school. “We have a moral and  economic obligation to  ensure that, at a  minimum, every  student in this country  can graduate high  school prepared to  succeed in college or  the workforce.”
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The Bigger Problem -Teach For America “Educational inequity  is the reality that  where a child is born  determines the quality  of his or her education  and life prospects.” Characterized by  curricular issues,  teacher quality, and  lack of resources. “By the time they  reach fourth grade,  children living in low- income communities  are already two to  three grades behind  their higher-income  peers.” Only about half of  students will graduate.
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Can this be prevented?
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Although participation in extracurricular activities  can lead students to give in to peer pressure or  distract them from academic pursuits, the  government must provide the funds for  continuation of structured extracurricular activities  in high schools so that students learn healthy  social behaviors, improve psychological well- being, and achieve later success in life.  Enthymeme:
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Outline: I. Healthy Social Behaviors A. Less risky behavior 1. Less likely to drop out 2. Less likely to do drugs/alcohol B. Less behavioral problems   II. Improved Psychological Outcomes A. Higher self-esteem B. Less likely to commit suicide or have  suicidal  thoughts   III. Later Success A. Higher high school GPA B. More likely to go to and graduate from  college
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Definition: “Structured”  Extracurricular Activities “regular participation schedules, rule-guided  engagement, direction by one or more adult  activity leaders, an emphasis on skill  development that is continually increasing in  complexity and challenge, activity performance 
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2011 for the course ENG 315 taught by Professor Johnson during the Fall '10 term at BYU.

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