School sports must offer lessons and the recent 32-0 football match teaches us little

The Singapore Sports School won the 2018 B Division football title, their last of eight championships since 2007.
The Singapore Sports School won the 2018 B Division football title, their last of eight championships since 2007. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

SINGAPORE - Everything attached to the word "school" must involve some idea of teaching. The dictionary insists on it, describing the places of our childhood as "institutions for educating children". And so every place children go, even beyond the walls of a school, must be a version of a classroom. It could be a museum, a nature park or even the sports field. This is merely sweaty learning.

School does things to us we don't even recognise till we're older. Till we lose a match as an adult and automatically extend a congratulatory hand without wondering, who taught us this. Actually coaches as teachers did, or was it teachers as our coaches?

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