Thursday, June 20, 2013


Watching TV on treadmill.
Kid exercising while watching TV
Are we so averse to exercise that we need a familiar distraction? Or are we so addicted to said familiar distraction? I guess the silver lining is that at least these people are moving. In Ancient Greece they had open air gymnasiums where you not only exercised, but pursued intellectual pursuits,

"The ancient Greek gymnasium soon became a place for more than exercise. This development arose through recognition by the Greeks of the strong relation between athletics, education and health. Accordingly, the gymnasium became connected with education on the one hand and medicine on the other. Physical training and maintenance of health and strength were the chief parts of children's earlier education. Except for time devoted to letters and music, the education of young men was solely conducted in the gymnasium, where provisions were made not only for physical pedagogy but for instruction in morals and ethics. As pupils grew older, informal conversation and other forms of social activity took the place of institutional, systematic discipline. Since the gymnasia were favorite resorts of youth, they were frequented by teachers, especially philosophers.[8] Philosophers and sophists frequently assembled to hold talks and lectures in the gymnasia; thus the institution became a resort for those interested in less structured intellectual pursuits in addition to those using the place for training in physical exercises" (Wikipedia

This makes me think about how restless young boys can be in grammar school. They literally can not sit still. Maybe we need to run them into submission, like you would a hyper dog. Get them tired so they can actually focus in a classroom, or better yet, abandon the classroom altogether and get them out into the real world. Awaken their senses with rigorous exercise and periodic spurts of real world knowledge during their workout underneath the open sky. Those who don't want to be there, send away. Treat education as a privilege.

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