So, I am going to talk about something that I have believed my whole life: Sports teaches us lessons for life.
There are many people who feel that sports, particularly team sports, are a waste of time. I cannot tell you how much I disagree with them. There are so many lessons we learn from sports that transfer into our daily social, personal and work lives. Children need to participate in sports or athletic events to learn things like: sharing, turn-taking, individual sacrifice, sportsmanship, cooperation, camaraderie, winning and losing, team dynamics, personal growth, and more.
It has always been my contention that a team is stronger than an individual. I feel that in today's society we are losing the 'us' and are too concerned about the 'me'. At least, this is my observation in the urban setting. I have lived in the city of Vancouver for about 5 years now. Before that I have lived in more rural settings. My experience has been that in the rural setting, neighbours care more about each other, and are willing to be your friend. In Vancouver, I feel that people are far more reluctant to be friendly, and even less willing to extend themselves. This concerns me.
As a PE teacher, I have seen far too many children that cannot function without adult guidance and supervision. Remember when we were kids? I went out on Saturday morning, after my chores were done, to meet with my five friends. We made our own fun. We used our imaginations, built forts, went swimming and biking, fell down, got in fights, got stung by bees, and laughed a ton... and we survived!
I will leave this for now, but I want to carry this on in a series of posts. Let me know your thoughts. Maybe you've had different experiences.