TOEFL Essay Topic 128 - Some people say that physical exercise should be a required part of every school day. Other people believe that students should spend the whole school day on academic studies. Which opinion do you agree with? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.
Sports or Academics?
Some people feel that physical exercise should be an important part of the school, others feel that schools should concentrate more on academics. A famous indian monk once said that India today needs more football grounds than libraries. I personally feel that sports must be an integral parts of a students school life. The following reasons will substantiate my claim.
Firstly, sports have health benefits. It is said that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind and vice versa. Students nowadays are more prone to developing a lot of diseases, even children in their young age are becoming diabetic, not only this,fast food have a deleterious effect on these children who are more likely to go for them, which makes them obese. Playing video games for hours pose serious problem even for a teenager, many of which are psychological and eye related problem. What can be done? Is there any way we can help our child? The answer is a resounding yes, it is sports. Sports involve physical activities, running on the football ground can definitely make you healthier or an archery practise can sharpen your eyesight. Studying all day sitting at one place involves no physical activity. It might help a child become intelligent but at the cost of his health.
Secondly, sports means recreation. There is a famous proverb which goes like, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. Students, today are more stressed. Even before passing out from the high school they think about getting a job. They have deal with many personal problems like a breakup or heated conversation with parents. Studying all day will create more stress on them. Researches have shown that students who play some games everyday are happier than those who don’t. Sports is a way of relaxation, when I was young I used to go to the field everyday after my school got over. After playing soccer for one hour I felt so relaxed, I felt way more energetic and happy.
Last but not the least, sports help in interacting with people more. If schools have more sports club, then a student can easily make friend by joining those clubs. I joined the soccer club and made a lot of friend, we used to discuss all kind of stuffs from music to cars. We also used to discuss about our subjects,and in the process learned many things which are related to our studies.
Academics are important for a student, but saying so we cannot turn away from the fact that sports have a lot of benefit too. I believe that sports should be made compulsory in schools, and eventhough for many people it might be late to realize that, but as my dad always says to me “be late than never”.
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