High School Cuts





Our principal recently asked for the student’s opinions on the “school cuts” proposal.
This proposition proposes that all extra curricular activities be cut until the money
situation improves as predicted in two or three years. What do you think of first when
someone mentions the word school? Most kids, if asked, would probably say their
basketball team, cheerleading squad, or the various clubs they may be involved in. For
some kids these extra curricular activities may be the only thing productive that they do
outside of school. I disagree with this outlandish proposal because extra curricular
activities teach us discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship, this may be the only means
of exercise some kids get and once these activities are removed from the agenda, they
may never be phased back in.
First of all, we all realize the importance the of learning discipline and other
attributes such as teamwork and sportsmanship. We learn these qualities, not out of a
book, but from participating and interacting with others during activities. Students learn
how to cooperate with others by doing a team project or playing a sport. We also learn
qualities such as competitiveness. This characteristic makes kids eager to do their best,
not only on the court or on the field, but in the classroom and in everything they do as
well.
Obviously this proposal is unhealthy. This may sound strange but consider the
question. How healthy can children be if these activities are the only means of exercise
that they’re getting? According to government statistics, not as healthy as they should be.
Now we must step back and ask ourselves one question. Isn’t it better to get any means
of exercise than none at all? Surely our school board officials can answer this question
with the answer that is only unbelievably apparent to all who hear it.
Finally, I disagree with this proposal because there’s always a possibility that the
activities they are taking away, will never return like they say they will. Our school
board officials always say that our school will have extra money in a few months. How
can they set a time limit on something as unsure as money? It’s simple, they can’t. They
are only trying to insure us so that we won’t put up much of a fight against the proposal.
You have to look back and think about how many times this promise of returning
activities has not been kept and then proceed with your decision about this proposal.
In conclusion, I feel that our extra curricular activities should not be taken away
because they play a very important role-a role that I think we overlook until we fully
examine the situation. For the reasons listed in this paper, and many others, I disagree
with the passing of this proposal.



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