The Perfect Extra-Curricular Activity


By Jean-Simon Berthélemy [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Jean-Simon Berthélemy [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In the midst of all of the stress and busyness that comprises sandwich generation parenting of two somewhat unconventional teens, there’s been a real bright spot this school year. My ninth-grade son joined the Gordian Knot, his school’s philosophy club. Led by two teachers, the group engages in structured explorations and discussions of philosophy. My kid can now identify logical fallacies as quickly as people on the Internet can type them. From my point of view, it’s the perfect extra-curricular activity.

Why is it perfect?
1. My son loves it.
2. It gives him a chance to spend time with like-minded kids.
3. It leads to interesting discussions at home.
4. It meets only once per week for one hour after school.
5. There are no practices.
6. There is nothing to buy.
7. There is nothing to sell.
8. It requires no parental volunteer time.

As far as I’m concerned, school activities can’t get better than this.

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