Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
A recent study conducted at Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform provides important insight into the importance of extracurricular activities in the development of young people. Not surprisingly, the research demonstrates that the benefits of extracurricular activities are far reaching.
The research and outcomes, as published in The Atlantic, explain, “that the skills, habits, connections, and knowledge that kids develop in these activities help them gain self-esteem and resilience and reduce the likelihood that they’ll engage in risky behavior such as drug use, delinquency, and sexual activity.”
One of our goals in this year’s Quality Profile (QP) is to increase student opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, music and arts, and athletics. We know that students who are involved outside of the classroom have a great likelihood to be successful in the classroom.
Hilliard has a strong, proud tradition of excellence in athletics, in the arts, in our music programs, and in our clubs. We have a great foundation, but we must do more. It isn’t purely about volume of programs; it’s about success and experiences. We may need to explore new options, to meet the needs of young people in 2015. We may need add programs, or phase out traditional options that no longer meet a need for today’s students.
We are committed to educating the whole child – a commitment that extends beyond the classroom. Those “soft skills” are often the difference between success and failure in life after public education. We plan to continue to measure some of these soft-skills through the Student Experience Survey. We will move forward with our communications with the community about these results. School performance isn’t measured by one grade . . . it is complex.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence” and we won’t stop sharing our message and telling our story. We are determined to continually improve the learning opportunities we provide to Hilliard students – that’s the Hilliard Way.