It's a tricky question. It's easy to say yes, but what about kids who need after school jobs to help their families or pay for college? What about kids who are needed at home to help with siblings.? An equitable system would have to provide for those kids and still allow them to have some time for themselves. What kind of co-curricular activities? You'd have to meet the needs of the kids who are interested in the arts, science, computers, books, chess and all the other things kids want to learn about, not just have an athletic program. What about the kids who are heavily involved with an activity such as dance or horseback riding outside of school? Kids are over-scheduled these days We're not giving them enough time to just be kids! I'd be very careful about imposing more structure.
yes, so they'd be 'all-around' kids. good in academics, good in extra-curricular activities. this'll help them prepare for the big world after college., and give them a taste of what STRESS really means As a teacher I feel yes. Co-curricular does not mean extra curricular,rather co-curricular activities are a continuous and an important part of the teaching - learning process(at least in our Delhi Public schools).A teacher can involve students in the classroom learning process on any lesson through these kind of activities in the pre- primary& primary level as well as the students learn through their practical experiences- thus it goes to their long term memory that is why they don't forget their lessons easily.Moreover it becomes easier for a teacher to find out the talented ones and understand their students' inclinations.