Sport and Education
by will.courchesne on November 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
We often hear about how sport can help the students with studying. Sometimes, a tip you will hear is when studying, after a certain time, you should take a break and go do some physical activity to free your mind. In fact, it has been proven by researchers that sport and education work well together. But it seems like institutions think in another way since sports in school are less and less present. Written by Jay P. Greene and Daniel H. Bowen, this article from the New York Times talks about the advantages of insetting sports in the academic program of the students.
This article starts whit the fact that studies have shown that schools that offer more sports and competitive sport teams end up with a higher ratio of graduating students and higher scores on test. Also, students that are more implicated in sports during high school tend to have more success in school and in later life. Playing sports, like being part of the school band or the debate team, increase self-discipline and leadership skills. But why are their people that think that sports in schools ain't a good thing? Well, most of the critics refer to some specific cases of a student priorising sport instead of school. Another theorie of why sports shouldn't be as much present in schools is that successful countries like Finland and South Korea do not offer physical activites in schools, they only concentrate on the academical part. This is true, but we have to see it from the opposite point of view. What about the poor countries that don't offer sports in their schools? There is no reason to believe that the lack of sport programs is the cause of the success of the students in Finland and in South Korea. In summary, academic institutions should not cut in sports or any other social activity becasue it develops some skills that a class of mathematics is not necessary able to.
After reading this article from the New York Times, I found very interesting the link that was made between sport and education. In fact, personally, I used to take some breaks during my studying to go do some physical activities and it used to help me! I wasn't surprise when I learned that schools that offer more sport programs and sport teams have more successful students. Maybe schools should stop cutting sport programs and invest more money in them instead...