课余活动性质

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Some parents believe children’s leisure activities should be always educational.But others think it will cause more pressure on children. What is your opinion?

有些家长认为孩子的课余活动也应该是有教育性质的,另外一些则不这么想,认为这样会给孩子造成更多的压力。针对这两种观点,你的观点是什么?


It is generally acknowledged that children are the hopes of a family, so parents tend to attach great importance to their education. Against such backdrop as more and more fierce competition stemming from education, some parents stubbornly believe that even children’s leisure activities should be edifying or educational, However, even though there are so many parents obsessed with education, some cool-headed think too much education will make children feel excessively burdened. On my part, I agree with the opinion that children should have their freedom to choose the extracurricular activities they are interested in.

Firstly, children nowadays have very limited leisure time for activities due to intensive school courses. After nerve-wrecking study, they should be granted the precious spare time to enjoy recreational activities, because only in this way can they really relax and prepare themselves for the harsh academic competitions at school. The widely circulated proverb—all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy—provides strong backing for my view.

Secondly, as we knows interest is the best teacher. Chances are great that children make great progress or even achieve worldwide success when allowed to pursuit their hobbies. For example, Steve Jobs, founder of the Apple computer company, was interested in mechanism. He spent a large amount of his spare time playing with the electrical devices and finally sold computers to every corner of the world.

Finally yet importantly, parents need to realize that the definition of education does not just limit on the knowledge that children study from the textbooks. Many leisure activities could also serve an educational purpose. For instance, playing basketball could not only help children to keep fit but also educate children about teamwork, perseverance and sportsmanship. These kinds of knowledge could not be learned from books. However, they are of vital importance to children’s character building.

In conclusion, I think parents should liberalize children’s leisure activities and let them enjoy their hobbies. In such way, children could attain all-around development and be educated better for the future society.

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