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July 27, 1935

The Curriculum in Sports (Physical Education)

JAMA. 1935;105(4):307. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760300067029

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This is designed primarily as a textbook for students and teachers of physical education or, as the author prefers to call it, sports education. A considerable portion of the first half of the book is devoted to a philosophical discussion of education and physical education in general, to a review of the history of physical education, and to a defense of the substitution of the term sports education for the conventional physical education. The author argues that physical education in the literal sense is impossible and that consequently the use of the term is unjustified. Gigantic sports events and competitions primarily for the entertainment of the public are condemned as an abuse of the function of the school. In enumerating the objectives of the physical activities program, the author emphasizes mental and social values as well as physical development. The most useful portion of the book is a detailed consideration

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