For most conventional schools, the educational curriculum entails the necessary subject triad – Math, Science, and English – as well as other courses related to a student’s chosen field. Apart from that, a student is also required or given the option to take extra-curricular subjects namely Physical Education, Music, Foreign Language, and the non-traditional, no-teacher, extra-curricular activity namely Social Gatherings.
For a student who wants to be a theoretical physicist, what exactly is the use of these subjects? For a lanky English major, what does a PE class provide? These subjects are actually more helpful to a student’s life than meets the eye.
With a load of subjects that require you to read thick novels and uninteresting text books, and several subjects that ask you answer pop quizzes, surely you would need a class to have an outlet for your pent-up, fun-deprived life. A PE class actually balances out all those mental exercises you do in all your other classes.
Benefits of exercise can bring long-term effects and short-term ones. For long-term advantages, exercise can lessen your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis, to name a few. However, since you are still a student, the short-term effects can help you keep up with your daily activities. For one, exercise lightens up your mood. As aforementioned, you need to balance your mental stresses with a physical outlet. With a 10-minute cardio, endorphins from exercise will tickle your brain enough until your next class, at least. If so, brisk walking to your next class can also be a good alternative.
Learning foreign language does not only elicit better communication skills with other nationals. In fact, knowing a second language makes you better and more aware in your lingua franca. Because you are studying linguistic facets of a different language, you also become aware of grammar mechanics and syntax in your own language.
Apart from being proficient in more than one language, a foreign language class can also prepare you for the international job market and for the travel bug. Learning a different language opens you to more cultures and makes you aware of issues that traverse geographical borders.
Music is another form of language. And like language, man’s music cognition is wired in the left side of the brain responsible for processing language and words, logic, math, and analysis. In fact, music also stimulates the brain’s emotional and motor centers. So don’t fight the music!
The first thing that comes to mind when talking about extra-curricular activities in school is partying and having a night life. Though this may lead to sleepless nights and delayed projects, social events actually make you not only a better student but a better person in general. With social events, you are forced into talking with people you don’t really know and to engage in small talks or to keep conversations going for a long time. These skills are not learned and measured through books and tests. Hence, the educational system somehow devised a way to create a hassle-free subject that adheres to a very unconventional setting relative to Math, Science, and English classes.
If the basis of success relies solely on producing an enhanced brain, then the educators who have subscribed to these extra-curricular activities hit the nail pretty hard. But kidding aside, Physical Education, Music, Foreign Language, and even late night parties can in fact help the educational path students take. So make sure you don’t miss PE for a requirement on Shakespeare or miss Foreign Language class just to finish your project on Mechatronics.