Friday, 27 July 2012

Teachers can learn lessons from the London Games

My November 2010 post Why London's 2012 Olympics logo is the worst in the history of the modern Games is clocking up the page views.
But while I don't take back a word, complaining is a national sport in Britain - Mitt Romney, please note.
It doesn't mean us Brits are anything other than excited by staging the Games and wholeheartedly desire its success.
The crowds that turned out across Great Britain to welcome the Olympic flame in the two-month-long relay reflects this enthusiasm.
Rather than just a regeneration of a depressed area of East London, I hope there will be a wider legacy of the Olympics for the country.
I accept there will be a stink if Team GB has a poor medal haul, as there will be in any country whose tally disappoints.
But most of the thousands of sportsmen and women who compete in the next weeks do so with no real expectation of a medal. The taking part is still important.
Somehow the idea has taken hold among the educational establishment that competition is bad for children whether academically or in sporting endeavour.
It was dispiriting when as a schoolboy I found classmates who were brighter or more sporty than myself.
This was an incentive for me to try harder - and if this proved impossible it provided a lesson for life. Make the most of the talents you have got.
It would have been an insult to all at school to 'lower the bar' so there are no losers.
Kids compete. The problem with 'level playing field' educators is they risk drowning childrens' spirit in the vain pursuit of fairness.

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