Why Philosophy Belongs In Kids’ Sports

If you put your kid into sports and other physical activities to help them get their sillies out, you’re not alone. You’re also not alone if you enroll them in these kinds of activities to help with coordination, teamwork and focus. But have you ever thought of using little league or track and field to teach your kids critical thinking skills, or engage them in conversation over a big question?

We’ve always maintained that philosophy fits into just about any subject area, any hobby, or any area of interest, and physical education is no exception.  To get the discussion going, here are a handful of questions that a wee athlete might ask:

  1. How do people decide on the rules for a game or a sport? Who gets to decide how it’s played? Are the rules fair? Why or why not?
  2. Why are some sports thought to be for girls, and others for boys? Is there really a difference?
  3. What’s the difference between playing a sport, and something artistic like dancing or skating? Can sports be beautiful and creative like dancing?
  4. What makes someone a winner? Can everyone be a winner in sports? Why or why not?

Summer sport season is about to begin. While you’re keeping your little thinkers physically active over the summer, why not keep their minds engaged too?

Game on!