Article by Francis David
If you think that sports are only a bit, look at how much of people’s lives are taken up by them. Every human society has provided its citizens a range of diverse sports to play and watch. If a time machine were to transport you to another era of history, regardless of where you end up you would still be able to find a sports team or star athlete to follow. There must be something sensitively fundamental about sports.
Sports have dimensional appeal because they offer people with inherently valued experiences that please their basic desires. Even though many people think that sports are above all motivated by the need for physical activity, sports in fact can satisfy nearly all basic desires. The various emotional characteristics of sports like excellence, teamwork, survival, winning, temperament, character and leadership does comply with different basic requirements or desires.
Sports vary in how much effort and endurance are required. For example, the Badwater running race in Death Valley is 115 miles long and takes a robust athlete more than 37 hours to complete. Some of us have difficulty staying awake for 37 hours continuously, let alone running for that long. In comparison, sports such as croquet and bird watching require so little physical exertion that some people might not even regard as them sports. I guarantee you, however, that they are included in many books on sports. Golf, fishing, and table tennis also are among the less physically demanding sports.
By and large, we choose to participate in those sports that require an amount of physical exertion just right for our nature. We actively avoid participating in sports that require what we feel is too much physical exertion. The physical exertion required to participate in a sport, and the level of violence or aggression, are two overarching factors influencing whether or not we will play that sport.
Physical activity is more than exercise-it is also a value that parents and teachers should instill in their children and students. Since Aristotle thought that education should be designed to teach young people how to satisfy their needs, he favored including physical education as part of the school curriculum. In recent times, the Character education curriculum at many schools has been based on the philosophy of educating the “whole” person, which means both body and mind. This philosophy which is included in many character education programs and activities does recognize physical development as an essential and fundamental value.
By: Francis David
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Francis helps parents, administrators and teachers learn about Character Education and how the Just Do The Right Thing Program can help kids of all levels find success both in and outside the Classroom.
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