When I was asked to write a piece on the evolving nature of physical education in schools, I wondered how best to share my personal feelings and experiences as a sports person, and also put it into a larger perspective. So where else could I get that whole perspective on education than from the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome, I thought? And off I went on a journey of exploration to discover how these two civilizations perceived the role of physical training in their educational vision.
Yoga considered the gift of Indian sages is an ancient system of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual training based on accurate anatomical knowledge to ensure holistic development of the body, the mind and the soul by assuring the highest state of advancement on all the planes.
Regular physical activity does wonders for your health and mood. No matter what your age, health and level of fitness, there is a form of exercise to suit you. Sporting activities enhance physical health by burning unwanted calories, enhancing bone health, improving cardiovascular performance, helping in digestion and detoxifying and purifying blood and toning up the muscles.
Chintan Girish Modi
Physical education is that period on the school timetable which most students desperately look forward to because it allows them to get out of their minds and into their bodies. I have heard this line of reasoning so often, and it seems so convincing at face value, that I have rarely paused to examine it critically.
Sports education in India is still quite informal, at least at the school level. Although every school has a physical education class in which children are allowed to run around and play as they please, more often than not, it’s an extended recess – there’s nothing organized about it.
I was involved with high performance sport for over ten years, first as a journalist for the British Broadcasting Corporation covering sports and then as the Programme Director at GoSports Foundation, a leading Sports Not-for-Profit. During these years, I have had the opportunity to interact with elite athletes and their coaches and this gave me a unique peek into the fascinating ‘champion mindset’.
They may be doing well generally in life and in vocations of their choosing, but my children make me truly happy when they are physically active.
Subha Das Mollick
Bollywood churns up films on sports at regular intervals. Some films like Mary Kom, M.S Dhoni, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag are biopics, some are dramatized versions of newspaper reports while some project a hypothetical situation to make a point about bias and discrimination plaguing the sporting fraternity and by extrapolation, plaguing the country.
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” or to be politically correct, “…makes Jaya a dull girl.” I tend to agree with this adage when I see the growing obesity among urban children today.
J.S. Sudhir Markham
Children with special needs, particularly those with developmental disabilities, may have cognitive challenges in learning but you will be amazed that many students with autism and intellectual disability enjoy physical activities!