chapter  7
What moral educational significance has physical education? A question in need of disambiguation
ByDavid Carr
Pages 15

The view that there is some sort of internal (or more than contingent) connection between the practice of sports, games or other physical activities and the development of qualities of moral character or understanding is an ancient and persistent one. It reaches back at least as far as the philosophical writings of Plato (Plato, [Hamilton and Cairns Eds], 1961, Book III, § 2). However, it is also clear from the extensive and expanding literature concerning this topic in the philosophies of sport and education, that there can be different sorts of interest in the possible connection between sport and morality and that questions about the alleged relationship can be raised in a variety of ways. As an educational philosopher of many years service in the training of teachers of physical education I shall here be concerned with only one question about the relationship of sport to morality: whether the teaching of sports and games in schools can be held to have any serious implications-or, at any rate more serious implications than any other curriculum area-for the moral education and development of pupils.