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Competitive Sports in Schools and Colleges

reviewed by Delbert Oberteuffer - 1952

coverTitle: Competitive Sports in Schools and Colleges
Author(s): Harry A. Scott
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Here is a volume long and sorely needed in educational libraries—a thorough and scholarly treatise upon sports and their place in educational thinking and practice. Dr. Harry Scott, formerly director of physical education at The University of Oregon, Rice Institute, and Brooklyn College, and now a professor at Teachers College, Columbia, has brought to this work an experience as varied as that of anyone in America and has added the priceless ingredients of thought and direction, which are so sadly lacking in the considerations given to sports administration today.

Probably no other facet of American education has been treated so shabbily as competitive sports. Suspect from the beginning, sports have never been accepted by the formidable coterie of intellectual "brass" who persist in their fragmentary view of man and thus stubbornly refuse to conceive of education as having any other function than cultivation of the intellect. There was no place in the Harvard Report on Liberal Education [sic] for man's whole or total development. There are not a hundred college administrators in America who see clearly and firmly that sports can be a valuable part of one's education, that physical education is a part (and an indispensable one) of total development. As a result of this neglect, school and college athletics, mainly college, are dominated by the newsworthy crowd of earnest entrepreneurs and opportunists who are ranked as professors at home but who have not, for the most part, spent five minutes in attaining that status by means of scholarly application to the facts and principles of their profession.

Scott's book is a must on the reading list of all who would understand the complex of purposes and practices which is sports in education today. He makes out of sports something besides a carnival or another source of income. In this reviewer's opinion, his research and its documentation are more careful than anyone else has ever done. His breadth of interest is attested by the chapters on history and heritage, finances and facilities, sports for women, personnel, organization, and a significant chapter on their relation to educational programs.

The book was written for textbook use in professional classes in physical education and serves admirably in that respect, but it ought to be read also by every principal, superintendent, college dean, president, and public relations officer in the country.






Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 53 Number 6, 1952, p. 327-327
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5032, Date Accessed: 5/21/2022 8:58:01 AM

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