Hi readers! Thank you for checking back in with me this week. This week I will be addressing the need for the ELO Program and how it should be expanded in the state of North Carolina.
In today’s day and age, students are expected to participate in sports, be well versed in the arts, know technology, and excel in academics. So why is the classroom the only environment for students to become well-rounded individuals? We need to expand the learning environment for these kids so that the world is a classroom. The ELO Program allows for a connection between the traditional classroom setting and families and the community, to build a brighter future for students. With opportunities outside the classroom, the academic scores for children also improve inside the classroom as well as general well being is improved. So how North Carolina is currently tackling how to expand these programs.
One of the propose ideas in North Carolina is to expand the communities these programs are in. Many families say they would enroll their children in after school and other sports camps if their community had one. So expanding these programs to rural areas would be the first step to expand such programs. The second step is to consider what type of programs should be expanded based on what the community needs. Many schools already had after-school programs so that parents who worked could leave their children in the proper care of supervisors. In addition, the state has proposed that schools also provide a before-school program so that students could use the time to socialize, be productive in the morning by utilizing tutoring or homework help, and get a healthy breakfast. These are the programs that are being emphasized the most in the state of North Carolina. However, I have a problem with this. The ELO Program wants to take students outside the classroom and school setting, however these before and after-school programs keep children in the same environment for a majority of their day, occasionally taking them outside. How will that affect students in the future? Personally, I never attended after or before-school programs, but for kids that did, they were usually engaged in different activities in the school library, did homework, and occasionally played outside. How would you feel if you had to stay in a school setting for additional hours?
Like always, come back next week!