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Sweating for Education

Work hard, play harder! From the very beginning, we have been encouraged to go to school, get a quality education and make a life for ourselves. However, part of that education is determining when it is time to hit the books or take the field.

Skills and qualities learned outside the classroom are closely related to a student’s academic performance. Dr. Sylvia Rimm, Ph.D from Family Achievement Clinic Educational Assessment Service, Inc., explains that “good sportsmanship provides guidelines that can be generalized to classroom and lifelong achievement. Participation in challenging sports contests teaches children to love classroom challenges.”

With the hectic lifestyle we all lead, the presence of athletics teaches students how to strike a balance and make good decisions. There are people who believe participation interferes with classroom achievement whereas others perceive athletics to a positive influence. Sports provide students with the necessary structure needed to stay out of trouble.

The American education system has socialized and encouraged students to participate in extra-curricular activities, to develop healthy habits and become invested with the community. The purpose of school-sanctioned activities is to assist students in building confidence and have fun while participating.

When students find something that they’re good at, it becomes part of themselves and their chosen lifestyle.

Athletics was certainty part of my public education experience, which positively impacted me beyond the classroom. I joined the cross country team my freshmen year of high school and have been running for the enjoyment and health benefits ever since.

Balance between work and play can be difficult to achieve, but that is all part of the educational experience and growing up in American society. Let’s lace up and hit the books!

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