Extracurricular activities valuable

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I agree with Gabrielle De Moras, who wrote (May 22), “Teachers should not be blamed if children failed the SAT.” I disagree, however, with her opinion that students are not passing the test “because more time is devoted to playing sports,” therefore leaving “not much time left for homework.”

If you looked at a cross-section of successful students, I believe you would find that they all take the time to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including, but not exclusively, athletics, performing and forensic arts, social/service organizations, and/or part-time employment — all while finding enough time to do homework.

Those students, who may have differing levels of innate scholastic ability, are attaining very valuable time management skills, which will serve them very well, not only in school, but also as they move into the working world.

Claude Bergeron, Lewiston

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