ERIC Number: ED219356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Contribution of Physical Education and Sport to the Quality of Life.
Pooley, John C.
Sport and physical education provide unique opportunities to contribute to the quality of life. Historically, they were enthusiastically used to develop high standards of ethical and moral behavior. Currently, however, cheating and violence have become standard, especially in North America, and are apparently accepted with mild criticism and only spasmodic counteraction by physical education and sport leaders. These leaders, with their influence on youth, are responsible for perpetuating unethical behaviors in sport, although sport mirrors the values of the wider society. The problems tend to be international in scope and are seen throughout athletic programs, from youth to Olympic levels. Sport is neither inherently good nor inherently bad; however, its image has become tarnished, and, unless a concerted effort is made to use it to contribute to positive lifestyles, sport, as an institution in society, will lose what credibility it has as a vehicle for socialization. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Physical Education Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the World Congress of the International Council on Health, Physical Education and Recreation (24th, Manila, Philippines, July 22, 1981).