Sunday, July 29, 2012

So what can the Olympics teach us?


The Olympic creed stands alone as a wonderful creed for life!–

"Citius, Altius, Fortius" (faster, higher, stronger). What a powerful thing to instill in our students, but the desire to be the best that they can be.

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."

Pierre de Coubertin saw in the Games an ideal opportunity to develop a set of universal principles, or values, that could be applied to education and to society as a whole, as well as to sport itself.
These Values are:
   respect - fair play; knowing one’s own limits; and taking care of one’s health and the environment
   excellence - how to give the best of oneself, on the field of play or in life; taking part; and progressing according to one’s own objectives
   friendship - how, through sport, to understand each other despite any differences
The Paralympic Values are based on the history of the Paralympic Games and the tradition of fair play and honourable sports competition.
They are:
   courage
   determination
   inspiration
   equality
There is the opportunity through these simple values, for us as teachers to develop the Key Competencies through using the Olympics as part of that teaching. Managing ourselves and relating to others certainly match with these qualities - respect and friendship being the cornerstone of relating to others.  Citius, altius, fortius is also perfectly aligned with managing ourselves, striving to better ourselves constantly, which we demonstrate through excellence, courage and determination.

As for triumph and struggle, every one of us at some point in our lives, need to be equipped for victories and the highlights but also, and more importantly, resilience and determination for the challenges and struggles.

What can we teach through the Olympic values? We can teach our students how to be gracious in defeat and humble in victory. We can teach them about bouncing back and giving everything that we do 100% of what we have. There is a whole lifetime of learning wrapped up in the Olympic values and creed.


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