Should Games Be Compulsory For School Boys?

There is no doubt that many outdoor games such as football, hockey and cricket are very good for growing boys. They provide physical exercise to necessary for health in an interesting form. Moreover such games by training boys to work together in a team teach corporate discipline and so promote what is called esprit de corps. All this will be agreed to by everyone. But the question is whether the playing of such games should be voluntary. They say that most of the boys will join in the school games from choice. As for those who do not like games why should they be made to play against their wish? Playing games under compulsion will do boys no good and it may do harm to delicate boys. Besides games often interfere with serious study. As a rule the boys who shine on the playing fields do not shine in the classroom. A studious boy would rather give his time to getting on with his work. What can be said in the opposite side in favour of making games compulsory? For one thing it is often exercise many a lad of poor general health open air be all better for more physical exercise. Such boys as cannot stand strenuous games could be given gentler exercise or excused in medical certificate. As to naturally studious pupils they certainly need all the outdoor exercises they can get. Continuous indoor study will soon undermine the heath. Further no game can be played without strict obedience to its own rules. Boys understand this kind of discipline and uphold it. This voluntary discipline learnt on the playing fields makes the compulsory discipline if the school appears more reasonable to school boys. In this way compulsory school games strengthen school discipline. Finally games from a part a valuable part of school education. They help in the moral training of boys. They teach certain necessary moral lessons and in a way boys can understand for the playing of them promotes co operation the sense of fair play the sporing spirit obedience to rules self control pluck and sacrifice of self for the good of the whole. There is truth in the saying that the battle of waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.