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    (Original post by emilyyou)
    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!
    And it's brilliant when that happens. I'm not going to deny that.
    On the other hand, when you always come in last and there's no one supporting you, it's just demoralising... Even at primary school I never used to get any of the "well done!" or "congratulations" stickers. And my lack of ability is genetic, it's not due to being overweight, so those two factors are not always connected.
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    Man some real sensitive people here.
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    Shouldn't be banned but kids shouldn't be forced to participate either.

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    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.
    Just to clarify, I agree that Sports Day should not be banned, however, I do not think that it should be compulsory.

    P.E is obviously a necessary part of our education. I enjoy my P.E lessons. However, Sports Day and P.E lessons are two completely different things. In our P.E you are given multiple options into the activities that you do and the class that you are put in, so there is little, if any, pressure in this regard.

    I don't know whether you are good at sport or not, but for somebody who isn't, it is one of the most dreaded days of the year. Comparing a subject like maths to Sports Day falls through. When you enter an exam room, the school is not focused upon you individually. You have months before hand to talk to teachers, prepare, revise problems, etc. Your maths answers are recorded in an exam paper rather than in front of the school. You have the opportunity to do Foundation rather than Higher. Generally, there is little publicity involved.

    So no, I don't think you can use that analogy.
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    Sports day was fricking amazing! What are you on about! Even though my house came last, we played our part! We won our relay race and 100m and 400m. But we got unlucky!
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    (Original post by AngelPhys)
    Sports day was fricking amazing! What are you on about! Even though my house came last, we played our part! We won our relay race and 100m and 400m. But we got unlucky!
    Ah we had a lad in our house break the school record for the 100m. But our house came third after winning last year. :/

    I think that it should not be banned but I do not think that people should be forced to participate.
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    I think most secondary schools allow students to sign up to the events, so that people who don't want to actively participate don't have to, and can just watch and enjoy the day/afternoon off lessons instead. It seems like a sensible way to do it.

    I also agree with how it is compulsory for most primary schools, since the playing field is much more level at that age anyway, and since British kids in general are extremely lazy and overweight, so any form of activity is a benefit in my opinion.
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    (Original post by Hariex)

    Do you think that Sports Day should be banned/compulsory? If someone were to suggest that everyone has to play an instrument in front of the entire school, everyone would consider it baloney. Why it is different for sport, I don't know.
    actually my school does make everyone get up and play a musical instrument on stage and its a state non specialist school. Its just good fun stop whinging



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    actually my school does make everyone get up and play a musical instrument on stage and its a state non specialist school. Its just good fun stop whinging
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    (Original post by Hariex)
    Just to clarify, I agree that Sports Day should not be banned, however, I do not think that it should be compulsory.

    P.E is obviously a necessary part of our education. I enjoy my P.E lessons. However, Sports Day and P.E lessons are two completely different things. In our P.E you are given multiple options into the activities that you do and the class that you are put in, so there is little, if any, pressure in this regard.

    I don't know whether you are good at sport or not, but for somebody who isn't, it is one of the most dreaded days of the year. Comparing a subject like maths to Sports Day falls through. When you enter an exam room, the school is not focused upon you individually. You have months before hand to talk to teachers, prepare, revise problems, etc. Your maths answers are recorded in an exam paper rather than in front of the school. You have the opportunity to do Foundation rather than Higher. Generally, there is little publicity involved.

    So no, I don't think you can use that analogy.
    I wasn't good at sport in school, I only became interested and active in (nb, never good) fitness and sports once I had left.

    I compared the two because the vast majority of complaints on here were based around the concept of "I don't like it, so it should be banned", my response was solely to point out how idiotic that argument is.

    We need competition. It's a fundamental element of humanity. The whole "everyone's a winner" atmosphere that has perpetuated in British schools in recent years is one of the worst things we could ever do to people.

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with spots and sports days, it and they should be encouraged, not reduced.

    What needs to happen around it, though, is the teaching of sportsmanship, the pastoral support around it. People, in life, are going to lose. Everybody needs and has to know how to cope with that. Those lessons absolutely must begin at school.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    I wasn't good at sport in school, I only became interested and active in (nb, never good) fitness and sports once I had left.

    I compared the two because the vast majority of complaints on here were based around the concept of "I don't like it, so it should be banned", my response was solely to point out how idiotic that argument is.

    We need competition. It's a fundamental element of humanity. The whole "everyone's a winner" atmosphere that has perpetuated in British schools in recent years is one of the worst things we could ever do to people.

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with spots and sports days, it and they should be encouraged, not reduced.

    What needs to happen around it, though, is the teaching of sportsmanship, the pastoral support around it. People, in life, are going to lose. Everybody needs and has to know how to cope with that. Those lessons absolutely must begin at school.
    Oh, I don't mind being **** at sport because I know that it makes no difference to my future. But what I object to is the bullying that comes along with it.
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    If you feel humiliated by losing, then that's your problem. It's not a professional track meet; do your best, have fun. If you're really bothered by your lack of fitness, then get (moderately) fit. It's not hard.

    In my experience, it's the academically brightest kids who get the most opportunities, anyway. It's school: you have dozens of exams, compared to what, 1 sports-day every year?

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    British kids in general are extremely lazy and overweight
    Says who?
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    (Original post by SmallTownGirl)
    Oh, I don't mind being **** at sport because I know that it makes no difference to my future. But what I object to is the bullying that comes along with it.
    Hence why I said the pastoral support and wider lessons about sportsmanship also need to be taught.

    I would, however, argue that it does make a difference, I notice you completely ignored the post where I told you that you will face competition in the future, where you will have to work as a team in the future... The lessons you learn at school are vital for this.

    But people need a backbone too. Worst things can and will be said in your future, if you can't handle it now then you're in for a real shock.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    We need competition. It's a fundamental element of humanity. The whole "everyone's a winner" atmosphere that has perpetuated in British schools in recent years is one of the worst things we could ever do to people.
    I agree with this in principle. Competition will never cease, purely because there are limits - university places, job places, houses, etc.

    However, competition should be available on all fronts rather than just the sporting front. For example, I'd rather be involved in a Maths competition rather than a sporting competition simply because that's where my strengths lie. Competition should not be made compulsory unless there are a range of options.

    What needs to happen around it, though, is the teaching of sportsmanship, the pastoral support around it. People, in life, are going to lose. Everybody needs and has to know how to cope with that. Those lessons absolutely must begin at school.
    And why does Sports Day have to teach that? These lessons can be taught in P.E rather than through demoralising struggles on the athletics track.
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    I don't enjoy Sports Day at all I agree that it shouldn't be compulsory but not to the extent that it should be banned. There are many people enjoy PE lessons and doing sports, so it won't be fair on them.

    (Original post by Hariex)
    If someone were to suggest that everyone has to play an instrument in front of the entire school, everyone would consider it baloney. Why it is different for sport, I don't know.
    If playing an instrument in front of the entire school was an alternative to participating in Sports Day, I would definitely go for it
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Hence why I said the pastoral support and wider lessons about sportsmanship also need to be taught.

    I would, however, argue that it does make a difference, I notice you completely ignored the post where I told you that you will face competition in the future, where you will have to work as a team in the future... The lessons you learn at school are vital for this.

    But people need a backbone too. Worst things can and will be said in your future, if you can't handle it now then you're in for a real shock.
    The only things other the academic that I learnt at school were that if you suck at what's popular; you're good at what's not popular and you look or act differently you'll be bullied.
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    (Original post by Hariex)
    I agree with this in principle. Competition will never cease, purely because there are limits - university places, job places, houses, etc.

    However, competition should be available on all fronts rather than just the sporting front. For example, I'd rather be involved in a Maths competition rather than a sporting competition simply because that's where my strengths lie. Competition should not be made compulsory unless there are a range of options.
    Then ask your school to help you start one. If you want something, get it done. Why should everything just be on a plate? Get off your arse, pull your finger out and make the changes.

    And why does Sports Day have to teach that? These lessons can be taught in P.E rather than through demoralising struggles on the athletics track.
    Sports day is part of it. It's motivating you to do something for your team even if you don't want to do it yourself. And if you don't like running on the track then.... don't pick running?
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    (Original post by SmallTownGirl)
    The only things other the academic that I learnt at school were that if you suck at what's popular; you're good at what's not popular and you look or act differently you'll be bullied.
    God help you in life with that attitude.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    God help you in life with that attitude.
    What do you mean by that?
 
 
 
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