Sport and the Spirit of the Age
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Thus, even Mulcaster's staunch advocacy appears to have made little impact on attitudes towards physical education in Elizabethan schools. The courtier might have the time to sport and play, and it might be thought both socially and ethically desirable that he should have training on how to do so with the greatest grace, but those being educated in the Elizabethan grammar school were, it was felt, generally destined for a less leisured life and a more serious activity. When spiritual doubts were added to social and economic indications, it is hardly remarkable that the schools of 1600 were virtually without any active concern for the physical training of their pupils. The cause for wonder almost becomes the phenomenom of Mulcaster himself, rather than the oblivion into which his concept of physical education so rapidly fell.