08 Mar '11, 1am

Our reader says school sports are no longer about passion, only about winning. What's your experience been like?

THE debate over the Singapore Sports School's overwhelming dominance in inter-school sports ('Sports school bugbear'; last Friday) highlights a persistent problem: Schools pick only the sports they can win and fail to provide students with opportunities to develop their skills in the sports they like. My son loves basketball and table tennis, which his school dropped because of a poor record. My check with other parents appears to confirm this negative attitude among schools. When a school offers a sport, it wants students to pursue it for the sake of winning competitions. Students who want to sign up for the sheer joy of playing the sport but do not make the grade are sidelined. We are sending a wrong signal to children. If Singapore wants to encourage entrepreneurship and start-ups, we should not be propagating such a negative and defeatist attitude in schools. Instead, ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_642541...

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