This blog post has been contributed by Jairam Balakrishnan, Director, Pearson Schools, Pearson India
Gone are the days when the life of a student used to be stress free and the only worry involved was to perform better in exams which would judge the learning parameters of the student. More importance was given to the exam grades and very less to skill development or extra-curricular activities. But the concept of education has changed drastically over a period of time where more focus is given now towards a holistic development of students. These days schools are equally focusing on extra-curricular activities and sports apart from academics to make students all-rounders.
Sports plays an important role in educating students as it teaches them to become strong from inside and also develop a fit and sound body. Combining sports in education can help students to develop a self-motivating spirit to do things on their own and having ownership of these. Being actively involved in sports can help students relax from their daily routine of learning course syllabus and lessen the exam stress as well. It is a great medium to keep the mind, body and soul in sync and maintain a balance between work and play. Day to day practice in sports can help students imbibe leadership skills. Qualities like tolerance, patience and tips to handle pressure is well taught by sports. It also teaches the value of team spirit and proficiency to share victory and defeat.
Sports education has direct impact on maintaining the child’s health and increasing their physical stamina. One of the most important thing that is required in sports is the discipline, which has been derived from the word disciple – follower of a learned teacher. Having coaching in sports helps develop obedience, self-confidence and the ability to determine winning or losing with extreme will power.
Educating students in sports increases the power of reasoning and develops mental growth through constant focus on the current set of activities. Teachers should constantly motivate and appreciate students for their efforts.
Note that a good academic background is an important aspect towards pursuing a career in sports as the education qualification will serve as a supporting pillar in the long run. In sports there can be hits and misses but a good educational backup will help maintain a good lifestyle beside continuing sports. Students should give equal importance to both education and sports and maintain a proper balance to excel in both the areas.