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Are ‘non-competitive sports days’ really better for school kids?

The Guardian – Leo Benedictus

“According to a recent survey, 57% of parents with children at primary school say their sports day is “non-competitive”. This means an event in which “everyone joins in via a team-focused event where individuals are not singled out”, says Families Online, which conducted the survey. In practice, this often results in schools dividing the children into groups that do compete, while parents yell encouragement from the sidelines. There are no school records to be broken and no tears on podiums. The survey found that 86% of its responders do not approve.”(more)

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