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Physical Education is important for student discipline

By : Ida Bagus Putu Oka Mahendra

Physical Education (PE) is "education through the physical". It aims to develop students’ physical competence and knowledge of movement and safety, and their ability to use these to perform in a wide range of activities associated with the development of an active and healthy lifestyle. It also develops students’ confidence and generic skills, especially those of collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking and aesthetic appreciation. These, together with the nurturing of positive values and attitudes in PE, provide a good foundation for students’ lifelong and life-wide learning.

Nowadays, physical education has become mandatory in schools and is an important part of the curriculum. So what exactly is so important about physical education? Let us explore a few reasons why it is so crucial. Emotional development, emotions control how a person leads his or her life. Emotions like happiness, anger, sadness, excitement, and love are essential to life. However, you can learn to manage emotions by taking part in sports or games. Sports impart several important values, like dedication, discipline, anger management, healthy competition, as well as learning to push yourself, which can greatly improve the way you live your life.

What is Discipline? Why discipline is important, because discipline refers to rule following behavior, to regulate, order, control and authority. It may also refer to punishment. Discipline is used to create habits, routines, and automatic mechanisms such as blind obedience. It may be inflicted on others or on oneself. Self discipline refers to the practice of self restraint, controlling one's emotions, and ignoring impulses.

How is discipline practised in Physical Education and sports? Here are a few examples:

1. Wearing full tracksuit or bringing one’s uniform during practice days

2. Being on time

3. Bringing sports equipment if requested

4. Obeying school rules

5. Practising even when not reminded by the teacher or coach

6. Eating the right amount of the correct kinds of food regularly

The examples above, although obviously not comprehensive, are just a few ways by which PE or sports helps develop one’s self-discipline.

So, let’s encourage our children to get into sports, as well as, take PE seriously for a more holistic development of the person.

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