Sports 05

TOPIC

Academics vs. Athletics

Essay

◆ Pros
 It is often questioned which should be given precedence, academics or athletics, and I believe that academics are more important than athletics for the three following reasons.
 The first reason is that the number of professional athletes is much lower than that of white-collar people. Many people including ones who have spent a lot of time on athletics in school and college will work as white-collar employees. Therefore, it can safely be said that people, except professional athletes, should put much time on academic learning than sports.
 The second reason is that the primary purpose of school is academic education. Except physical education, all the athletic activities are extra-curricular while many academic subjects are compulsory. This indicates that the primary purpose of school is academic education and we should respect it.
 The third reason is that academics are more beneficial to human beings. People with medical knowledge can save many lives. People with legal knowledge save ones who have problems with the law. However, athletes can never save others.
 As I mentioned, for the aforementioned three reasons, I believe that academics are more important than athletics.
(189 Words)

◆ Cons
 It is often discussed whether academics or athletics comes first, and I believe that athletics is more important than academics for the three following reasons.
 The first reason is that health is the most important thing for human beings. No matter how intelligent one is, if the one is not healthy, one can never be happy, and a lot of survey proves that moderate athletic activities are the key to the maintenance of health.
 The second reason is that athletic activities can teach people much more important things than academic education can. Many things can be learned only through physical experience, not through academic learning such as how to communicate with people, how to be a good team-player, how to be a graceful loser, and so on. Academics cannot teach these things.
 The third reason is that athletics gives people a dream. Considering the fact that many people are excited about the World Cup and the WBC and the Olympics while nobody is excited about having to study, it is obvious that athletics is more exciting and fun than academics.
 As I mentioned, for the aforementioned three reasons, I believe that athletics is more important than academics.
(200 Words)

Date:September 29, 2013

メモ

◆ トピック:学問 VS 運動

学問派では、
「頭脳労働をする人のほうが、プロのアスリートになる人より、遥かに多い」
「学校の主な目的は学問教育にある」
「学問のほうが人類にとって有益」
をキーアイディアに、書いてみました。

反論としては、
「数が多いほうが重要と言うのは、間違っていないか?」
「学校ではそうかもしれないが、学校生活は人生のほんの一部で、ほかの時間は、運動も大事では?」
「スポーツは無害だけど、学問によって核兵器などが開発されてしまったので、学問のほうが害になり得るのでは?」
などが考えられます。

運動派では、
「人間にとって健康が最も重要で、適度な運動は、健康に欠かせないため、運動のほうが大事」
「学問では学べない事が、運動から学べる」
「運動は、人に夢を与える」
をキーアイディアに、書いてみました。

反論としては、
「激しい運動は、むしろ体に悪いのでは?」
「同じく、運動では学べない事が、学問で学べるのでは?」
「学問だって人に夢を与えるのでは?」
などが考えられます。

今回は使いませんでしたが、あとは、運動をすると、脳内に、エンドルフィンや、セロトニンなどの、物質が分泌され、心の健康に良いとも、言えると思います。

ちなみに、私は、個人的には、別に二者択一をする必要はなく、自分にとって気持ちのいいバランスで、両方とも取り入れればいいと思います。

また、どちらのほうが重要かは、その人によると思います。
将来、何になるかによって、変わってくるので、「人それぞれ」というのが、もっとも事実に近い結論だと思います。