England’s new Tory-led coalition government wants to bring back competitive school sports, reports the Daily Mail.
“Sport – whether you win or lose – teaches young people great lessons for life. It encourages teamwork, dedication and striving to be the best that you can be,” said Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
. . . Schools will be expected to host in-house Olympic-style sports days so that children of all abilities have the opportunity to compete and join teams.
Most students don’t compete in sports, even within schools.
In one directive to schools during the last Labour government, schools were encouraged to replace competitive races with “problem-solving” exercises for their sports days.
Teams were also encouraged to perform tasks in rotation rather than compete directly with each other.
England is hosting the 2012 Olympics, which the government hopes will spur interest in sports. National Lottery money will fund the sports initiative.