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    (Original post by yo radical one)
    I do think this actually

    At my school the PE staff were nothing more than glorified chavs; they bullied some kid who was known as being smelly (as disgusting as that it, it's not reason to bully a guy), their biological knowledge was appalling (people who took Sports Science for a level told me) and the lessons were terrible if you actually expect to improve your health and fitness.

    If a person actually wants to get in shape, they should join a gym and do serious cardio as well, i.e. make a lifestyle change, rather than having some Nike-wearing thug, yelling at them from the sideline.
    I agree with your final paragraph, but that is only really applicable for people in sixth form and above. How do you expect children in primary school and the early years of secondary school to learn about being healthy and being fit if they never choose to? For many people, doing sport in school lessons each week is the only time they ever do any. I can't think why you would want to stop that being compulsory.

    I understand that some people get bullied at points in their life during sports lessons, but I don't think that should be a sole reason to make doing sport in school a choice. I've seen people bullied just as much in English and Maths as others have in PE.



    (Original post by MJ1012)
    I think they should. They were detrimental to my sporting, fitness and social development.
    How were they detrimental to the former two?

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    No, Sports Day is great, and I had a lot of fun whilst hosting one for a Primary School.
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    (Original post by SmallTownGirl)
    Yeah, but you need maths for your future life. You don't need to know how to do country dancing or play rounders.

    Also, no-one at my school was bullied for being bad at maths and you weren't forced to do it timed in front of the whole class/school whereas this is the case for sport.
    No, but it's a break from subjects and part of the fact obesity levels are rising, and so schools need to do P.E, even if what they do isn't actually that active

    even though when we played P.E, it was active due to football or athletics etc
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    Being a lazy slob who does no sport whatsoever I can safely say that sports day should not be banned - it keeps everyone active

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    (Original post by Joshale)
    No, but it's a break from subjects and part of the fact obesity levels are rising, and so schools need to do P.E, even if what they do isn't actually that active

    even though when we played P.E, it was active due to football or athletics etc
    But the 'fat kids' never did any exercise in PE anyway. They just stayed fat and lazy. I don't mind PE when it's not competitive but competition just shames those who can't do it. And an hour a week (which turns into half an hour when you consider changing times) is nowhere near enough to keep someone in shape. It just puts people off exercise for life.
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    (Original post by SmallTownGirl)
    But the 'fat kids' never did any exercise in PE anyway. They just stayed fat and lazy. I don't mind PE when it's not competitive but competition just shames those who can't do it. And an hour a week (which turns into half an hour when you consider changing times) is nowhere near enough to keep someone in shape. It just puts people off exercise for life.
    Twice a week was compulsory for us, unless you did GCSE P.E which obviously was more. Actually when we played football this fat kid ran around quite a lot, probably because he was alright, just fat

    What would you suggest then, if those who didn't want to do P.E, what would they do instead?
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    (Original post by SmallTownGirl)
    Yeah, but you need maths for your future life. You don't need to know how to do country dancing or play rounders.

    Also, no-one at my school was bullied for being bad at maths and you weren't forced to do it timed in front of the whole class/school whereas this is the case for sport.
    1. if you don't think there are advantages to doing PE then you clearly didn't get it taught correctly. Don't see the advantage of knowing how to work as a team? Don't see the advantage of knowing how to work and follow rules even when you're tired?

    2. of course people get bullied for poor academic skills. People get bullied based on exam and test results.

    PE is as fundamental to life as Maths, English, Science et al.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    1. if you don't think there are advantages to doing PE then you clearly didn't get it taught correctly. Don't see the advantage of knowing how to work as a team? Don't see the advantage of knowing how to work and follow rules even when you're tired?

    2. of course people get bullied for poor academic skills. People get bullied based on exam and test results.

    PE is as fundamental to life as Maths, English, Science et al.
    The difference is that it is not compulsory for an individual to partake in a Maths competition in front of the entire school.
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    (Original post by Hariex)
    The difference is that it is not compulsory for an individual to partake in a Maths competition in front of the entire school.
    Yes, it is.

    These are called, variously, times tables tests at primary school, SATs, GCSEs and A levels.
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    (Original post by emilyyou)
    I think in an obesity crisis, motivating children to exercise by introducing competition for one day in the year is not a bad thing.
    the competition of sports day never motivated me. Pretty much the opposite in fact. All it ever did was reinforce the fact that I was terrible at sports. Wasn't until I discovered that dancing is fun that I've been doing more exercise.

    Sports day is great for those who are good at sports, but for those of us who aren't... not so much.

    And to those suggesting that they're bad at Maths/English/whatever, if we had days where everyone had to publicly take part in tests or competitions in front of the whole school, I'd be fully in support of the idea of those not being compulsory.
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    It shouldn't be banned but I think it should be optional in all schools. It was compulsory in my primary school which I didn't like
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Yes, it is.

    These are called, variously, times tables tests at primary school, SATs, GCSEs and A levels.
    Not in the sense that there is collective attention on five or six individuals. Sitting exams is never compared to sporting events simply because the type of pressure is not the same.
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    (Original post by Hariex)
    Sitting exams is never compared to sporting events simply because the type of pressure is not the same.
    Exactly, exams are far far far more important, with so much more riding on them than a single afternoon once a year that absolutely **** all relevance to the rest of your school career.

    Sports in school and sports day in particular are good, valuable and should never, ever, be banned. There is no debate to had on this, imo.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    I was quite poor at Maths and didn't enjoy it. Can that be banned too please?
    I don't think that comparison is valid. At least if you're bad at maths, humiliating failures aren't usually paraded in front of the entire class (or school) for all to see.
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    (Original post by Hariex)
    I think that there should be an academic opportunity for those who aren't good at sport.
    There is. It's every other day of the year.

    At my school, you only signed up to do events on sports day if you were good at them.
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    (Original post by Aula)
    the competition of sports day never motivated me. Pretty much the opposite in fact. All it ever did was reinforce the fact that I was terrible at sports. Wasn't until I discovered that dancing is fun that I've been doing more exercise.

    Sports day is great for those who are good at sports, but for those of us who aren't... not so much.

    And to those suggesting that they're bad at Maths/English/whatever, if we had days where everyone had to publicly take part in tests or competitions in front of the whole school, I'd be fully in support of the idea of those not being compulsory.
    Exactly. I hate competition and I hate team sports. I was just shouted at for letting everyone down. At least in academic subjects no-one else depends on you.

    And for all those who argue those who are bad at maths/English are bullied - at my school it was them who were doing the bullying of those who were good at academic subjects.
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    (Original post by RFowler)
    I don't think that comparison is valid. At least if you're bad at maths, humiliating failures aren't usually paraded in front of the entire class (or school) for all to see.
    This. In fact people who were bad at maths were given extra support and often were given awards for improving from an F to an E whereas those who were bad at sport were just bullied by horrible teachers who hated them.
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    (Original post by Aula)
    the competition of sports day never motivated me. Pretty much the opposite in fact. All it ever did was reinforce the fact that I was terrible at sports. Wasn't until I discovered that dancing is fun that I've been doing more exercise.

    Sports day is great for those who are good at sports, but for those of us who aren't... not so much.

    And to those suggesting that they're bad at Maths/English/whatever, if we had days where everyone had to publicly take part in tests or competitions in front of the whole school, I'd be fully in support of the idea of those not being compulsory.
    Well I go to my little brother's sports day every year and the kids always compete together as a class. This year, I noticed that there were loads of overweight kids competing in the relays, and because it was competitive against the other classes, the children were chanting names and clapping for the overweight kids whilst they were running or throwing or whatever, just as they were supporting the sporty kids. I fail to see how that could be anything but positive!
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    (Original post by TimmonaPortella)
    There is. It's every other day of the year.

    At my school, you only signed up to do events on sports day if you were good at them.
    I admit that I should have been clearer on this point.

    What I meant by "academic opportunity" is a day, like Sports Day, where people compete academically rather than physically.
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    (Original post by SmallTownGirl)
    This. In fact people who were bad at maths were given extra support and often were given awards for improving from an F to an E whereas those who were bad at sport were just bullied by horrible teachers who hated them.
    Which says far more about the poor quality of teaching those individuals encountered than it does about the importance of what's being taught.

    People who deride PE and things like sports days have no concept of how important they are in reality.

    (Original post by SmallTownGirl)
    Exactly. I hate competition and I hate team sports. At least in academic subjects no-one else depends on you.
    This is just wrong on so many levels. You don't think there are elements of competition in life? You don't think you're ever going to need to work as a team? I did Engineering at university, which I'm sure you'll agree is pretty academic, and there was huge emphasis on group work. Most courses will involve some form of group work and virtually every form of employment you'll ever encounter involves working as part of a team.
 
 
 
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