Why do schools focus so much on sports and so little on physical fitness?
While sports have universal appeal, and schools should encourage all those who are interested to play sports, it is a well-known fact that only a tiny fraction of students who participate in sports during school actually continue to pursue sports as a physical activity after school. Beyond this problem, it is also important to remember that only a small percentage of a school’s total population can participate in its sports teams.
What happens to the rest of the students? They are relegated to boring “gym” periods with listless (and often forced) physical activity. The way to attack these problems for to develop physical fitness programs in school that students can continue to utilize throughout their life.
To learn more, order The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools (Nair, Fielding)