Friday, January 25, 2013

Mens Sana in Corpore Sano


Physical Education in schools is often treated as an after-thought. It, along with the Arts are deemed of secondary importance compared with the Academic subjects. Very often students are pulled out of Physical Education classes rather than out of the academic classes whenever there is a decision to be made as to which of those classes can be sacrificed. To treat Physical Education and the Arts courses in such a manner is a mistake. Physical Education ought to be seen as equally important as other subjects in school. When schools treat Physical Education and the Arts courses as described above, students also view them at not that important. The aphorism from the Roman poet, Juvenal, "Mens sana in corpore sano", often translated as "A sound mind in a healthy body" is an ideal to strive for. 

You should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body.
Ask for a stout heart that has no fear of death,
and deems of days the least of Nature's gifts
that can endure anykind of toil,
that knows neither wrath nor desire and thinks
the woes and hard labors of Hercules better than
the loves and banquets and downy cushions of Sardanapalus
What I commend to you, you can give to yourself;
For assuredly, the only road to a life of peace is virtue.
                                                                   Juvenal (From Satire X)

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