The article linked to above is a good example of why kids should play sports. The unwritten rules in any sport are often as important as the written ones. They also bleed over in a positive way into the rest of the players life and help to explain why geeks and over protected kids are often so rude. The unwritten rules help the player, child, student, adult internalize the concept of fair play, respect and graciousness. These are lessons that a strictly academic education is often woefully lacking in.
I see rather prominent educational initiatives both at the school I work at and in other international schools that deal with ethical education. These often look to be rather simplistic and trite to me and deal with everything from running in halls to anti-bully programs. I don't see them as being all that effective.
You see the same problem, I believe in places like Thailand with the endless political protest, The Red-shirts and Yellow Shirts need to learn to wait for the next election. The HK leg-co and PCCCPXYZ!@#SARB or whatever that thing in the PRC is called needs to learn some respect for the opposition,
Maybe, schools simply need to require less math but more baseball.
Play Ball! Double Header anyone?
Until Next Time
The Blogger who wanted to be a knuckleball pitcher when he was a teenager, just like Charlie Hough