Just to clarify - I'm not looking to incite a flame war. Although, this issue can be quite divisive.
My kids and I have been talking about sport, and how it relates to society.
The question we've been discussing is whether sport - not to be confused with physical activity in general (of which sport is a subset off), is actually doing any real good for Western society in it's current form.
I admit to having a certain bias (but probably not what you think) regarding sport, particularly with junior/youth (including college) sport.
There appears to be a strong belief that promoting sport participation will assist in combating a growing obesity problem (which is costing us a fortune apparently). Although, I agree with this in theory, the reality is that sport is elitist - especially at college level.
The bizarre thing (I find), is that the more sport is promoted, the more elitist (the perception of) it becomes.
By my own admission, I would say I have a fairly solid grasp of the issue.
I've been involved in sports administration/coaching/refereeing at junior level, and so have personal (albeit relative) experience of the dark (real?) side of youth sport.
My question to other geekzoners is:
Q: Assume I had the power to remove all organized sport from primary/secondary schools (note: not to be confused with Physical Education), and was planning to do so. What would be the arguments/pros of keeping sport in schools?
Bear in mind, students can still participate in sport outside of school (as part of a club etc). It just means that both the resourcing and financial support of organized sport in schools would be diverted elsewhere into the school system.
As I said earlier, I'm fairly well-versed on this particular issue (good chance of boring you to death on it). But, my slant is towards the cons of keeping sport in schools. So, from that perspective I could well be missing something - which is why I'm asking (plus one of my kids is doing a school project on the subject, and we need arguments in favour of keeping sport in schools).