Extra Curricular Activities

Leo I Kearney, Fordham University


In order that the extra curricular work may be used to ·best advantage there are certain characteristics which should be kept clearly in mind. First of all, the work should be vigorous. It should call out the very best effort of those engaged. All work of an athletic nature should be done out doors or in well aired areas. Another characteristic which should be kept in mind is that the work should be carried on under conditions of freedom. In this way the work tends to develop self reliance. A third characteristic is that the work should call for some type of loyalty, to school, to cause, to ideal – to some thing to which the pupil may "tieup". If these characteristics are kept in mind then the extra school activities tend to prepare for work. The opinion has often been expressed that if a pupil spends his time doing "extra work" he will be spoiled for regular work. Experience has shown that this is not the case. There is no better preparation for vigorous work than vigorous play. Real play is not an "easy" task. Learning the rules of games etc. calls for careful, study, achieving success calls for persistent practice. Both of these experiences are needed to prepare the child properly for his social life. In no other place, except in the field of extra school activity is the opportunity fully given.

Subject Area

Education philosophy|Educational psychology|Education|Educational sociology

Recommended Citation

Kearney, Leo I, "Extra Curricular Activities" (1926). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI29281792.