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More than just academics

Written By: / Articles / Thursday, 15 December 2022 17:03

THE competition level among students in schools and universities have reached a level where students who score high grades in academics are considered to be the ones who will most likely have a successful career in the future.
Additionally, with newer and competitive subjects and streams in the educational arena, the pressure of today’s young people to succeed academically is immense. No wonder, we find a school of thought which believes that non-academic subjects should be removed from the syllabus so that children can concentrate wholly on academic subjects. How practical is this?
The solution to the problem is in the problem itself. Academic subjects may cause stress to students especially during examinations. Activities like dance, drama, singing, cookery or physical education hardly cause any stress. In fact, they provide relaxation and help students concentrate better on academic subjects.
1 All-round development:
Learning non-academic subjects aids in cognitive development as well as social behaviour. In short, it is important for the overall development of children.
2 Optional skills: Not all students are academically brilliant. However, this will not be an issue if the student has skills in other areas. For example, a student does not need an A grade in physics or mathematics to be a successful singer, writer or painter.
3 Exploring hidden talents: Non-academic activities is a way by which students and teachers/parents understand the child’s potential in creative skills. By encouraging students to engage in extra-curricular  activities, schools can bring out their hidden talents like athletes, writers, chefs and actors as well.
4 For health and spirit  Characteristically, children need playful and engaging activities to keep them from getting bored during class-time when they are doing dry lessons full of academic knowledge. When they have non-academic subjects like sports, cooking or some outside activities, it would be a good distraction and help in learning academics  in a better manner.
 5 The fitness factor: With the rise in junk food and television watching generation, non-academics like sports help to keep students fit. This helps to fight obesity and prevent an unfit generation in the future. Besides, children can develop a correct sense of responsibility during competitive sports. While taking part in team. sports, children also learn to co-operate and compromise which fosters a strong team spirit needed for future success.
6 Making children future-ready: The dynamic nature of the society in the future compels us to re-think whether only academic courses will suffice our children to face the challenges of an increasingly uncertain world. So, the realization that education is important to develop heart, mind and spirit is the need of the hour.

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About the Author

Vijay Garg

Vijay Garg

Vijay Garg is a regular contributor of Imphal Times, mostly related with Education. Vijay is a resident of Street Kour Chand MHR Malout-152107 Distt Sri Muktsar sahib Punjab. Vijay Garg, Ex.PES-1 is a retired Principal from Government Girls Sen Sec school Mandi Harji Ram Malout -152106 Punjab. He is also the author of Quantitative Aptitude, NTSE , NMMS, Mathematics of XII, ICSE numerical physics and chemistry many more books.

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