Games and sports are an integral part of a student’s life. A student should study hard to be successful in competitive examinations. But, he should also play games and sports to enjoy the health and vigor of life.
Along with bookish learning, a student should spend his time on games and sports. There are many people who give importance only to bookish knowledge. Indeed, there is often no provision for games at all.
In the Western countries, education of boys and girls is no longer confined to the lecture-theatres alone. Monotony of lectures has been very much minimized by out-door work and participation in games and sports and various athletic feats, which generate healthy competitive spirit and interest in life among students.
There are many benefits of games and sports in education. Outdoor games such as football, cricket, badminton, tennis, etc. have many benefits. The participation in any one of them is not a fruitless or frivolous pursuit. They may not ensure any immediate gain. They may tell upon the health for the time being and may also affect education temporarily. But the outdoor games gradually build up a healthy body and make the mind energetic.
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Reading and writing involve mental strain. The mind then hungers for relief. Reading and writing also involve physical strain. The physique then needs extra fuel. Regular participation in outdoor games in such cases makes the body fit and at the same time gives the relief required.
‘Sound mind in a sound body’ is an unavoidable necessity for all, particularly for a school-going or college-going boy or girl.
The present arrangement for games and sports in most of the schools and colleges is most unsatisfactory. It is completely optional for the students to participate in games and sports and as a matter-of-fact very few take part in school or college games. The training for different branches of games and sports should be given in a scientific way under a good coach and the suitability to any particular branch of sports or games should be determined on the ability and interest of the student.
Inclusion of games in the curriculum of studies is, therefore, very important in modern times. ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. We want Jack to become a bright young man. So, we must make games and sports not optional but compulsory in education at all levels, so that approach to it may be sincere, not casual.