The Irony Behind the ELO Programs

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!

-Girl 2

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2 thoughts on “The Irony Behind the ELO Programs

  1. simoneng105 says:

    The Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) program seems benefit kids across the state from my understanding. Coming from a family that emphasized some type of after-school activity everyday, I can certainly laud the idea of staying after school and keeping a structured schedule. While it may be time consuming, it was a great way to make friends and enjoy other settings outside of the classroom. I would also think that the ELO program will make it easier on parents who would not have to leave/interrupt work early to pick up their child. The idea that the world is a classroom resonates well with me as I think learning should never stop. I don’t think learning necessarily has to be academic after the core requirements are fulfilled. It will be interesting to see if this program is further implemented with budget cuts and such.

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    • Girl2foreducation says:

      Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog post. It was good to insight from a person who has been in such after-school programs, as I have never attended one myself during elementary school. I think your opinion and your take on this has shown how these programs can be beneficial in teaching kids social skills, and allowing for creativity after school, however, do you think it would be better if these programs were outside of the school and academic buildings, such as, outdoors, or other community places, so that kids would associate these places with creativity, and learn that they could allow themselves to interact with other peers (not only those in their schools), and learn a wide range of activities, including swimming, painting, etc., something that the academic school buildings would not be able to provide. Your take on this from when you were in the program has been very helpful in looking at what the kids in the programs think about it. Thank you once again, and please come back to read future posts!

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