A few statistical factsAccording to a statistic (effective 2014) around 13 million children and teenagers live in Germany (1). Of these, 11 million go to school (school year 2014/2015) and the rest is – according to logic – placed in Kindergartens (2). The interesting number: there are currently 800,000 employed teachers in Germany and certainly not all of those are subject teachers for sports.
The current situation of school sportIf you reflect on the numbers some more it will certainly occur to you that there are more pupils than teachers. This, however, isn’t the general problem. And yet, the numbers of children and teenagers, of which the age-specific movements need to be fostered, are huge and the current amount of teachers in Germany will never be able to cover this carefully and in a subject-specific manner – with the result that individual movement stimulation is simply missing. Do we need it? Do schools have to offer this? Der kleine Lionel says: yes, but they are not the only important thing. It is merely a subjective observation but the biggest part of our children and teenagers is in the process of losing their natural desire for exercise completely. Children and teenagers spend one third of the day in school and that’s for five days of the week. There is mostly one double period of sport per week that is supposed to work off the requirements of the curriculum. Asking how reasonable individual aspects of the curiculum for sport actually are would go beyond the scope of this blog post. Looking at the cumulative movement time in school is horrifying. Children and teenagers spend much more time in school sitting than they do moving actively which is certainly not in a healthy relation to the amount of time they spend in school each day. This picture is mirrored in everyday life: they sit a lot. Thus, school and school sport are clearly no role model to increase or even only maintain the desire for movement of the pupils. Additionally, the performance level in one class is as diverse (heterogen) as it can possibly be and that simply cannot be accounted for by only one teacher. Let’s cherish the five most important points:
- The number of pupils greatly exceeds the number of teachers.
- School sport taylored to individual needs is almost impossible (see 1).
- One sport teacher per class is too few, especially in order to fulfill point 2.
- Children and teenagers move way too little in their school time each week.
- The contents of the sport curriculum are to be seriously questioned for a number of reasons.