-- From “The Case for High School Activities” published by the National Federation of State High School Associations:
Activities support the academic mission of schools.
not a diversion, but rather an extension of a good educational program. Students who
participate in activity programs tend to have:
- higher grade-point averages
- lower dropout rates and
- fewer discipline problems than
Activities are inherently educational.
Activity programs provide
valuable lessons for many practical situations. Through participation in activity
programs, students learn:
- winning and losing
rewards of hard work
- build self-confidence and
- develop skills
to handle competitive situations.
These are qualities the public expects schools to
produce in students so they become responsible adults and productive citizens.
Activities foster success in later life.
Participation in high school
activities is often a predictor of later success -- in college, a career, and becoming
a contributing member of society.