The Role of School Activities in Creating Active Students

Abstract

The students, as members of the community, come to school with many ethics and behaviours, and certainly, these behaviours vary from one individual to another. Among these students, we find the smart and the little intelligence, the talented and the dull, the sensitive and the stolid, the sports and the lazy, as well as the rich and the poor, and the villager and the civilized, and the worker. Besides, many students have been forced to change their areas of residence due to wars and social conditions, thus, we find the displaced, the immigrant, the orphan, and the homeless. To deal with all those students in the same way, i.e., the method of the curriculum is almost unfair to many of them, because they may not have the same means of studying equally. Hence, the benefit of extracurricular activities comes as an equitable factor, for those who did not get any simple facilities in life, and a means of development and treatment at the same time. The 'activity' in general makes a state of mental and physical stimulation of the individual through which new information can be introduced to him/her easily, as there is a close relationship between the state of activity that the student has, and the process of receiving information. It was confirmed by the various studies and theories that the process of education is actually a process of influencing, and changing the behaviour of the learner who will be affected by the way the teacher, his method, his behaviour, and his morals. The main goal of the school should be affecting the student through the curriculum and stimulating activities because the process of creating an effective student is one of the main objectives that educational institutions claim to seek, but actually, they focus on academic subjects only ignoring other activities, thinking that they will do the job properly. The purpose of this research is to shed light on extracurricular activities and their effective role in creating a balanced generation capable of taking responsibility towards itself and its society. The results showed that extracurricular activities are as important as the curriculum, and there is considerable neglect by educational institutions in this aspect.