It's a challenge for the teachers, as well, as we test our own additional language and cultural sensitivity skills. I even managed to do a handstand yesterday!
Finally, the kids have fun. Certainly, not all activities appeal to everyone, but I think that is one of the most important lessons: Enjoy participating together; enjoy the enjoyment of others.
I do have some critiques, however. A little marching never hurt anyone, but Undokai is a bit militaristic for my taste. Consequently, preparation requires entirely too much time, and I think too much emphasis is placed on putting on a perfect show. Of course, perhaps I need to focus on sharing other people's passion for perfection and not give too much weight to my personal opinions...
|The 100-meter race is popular among students and is one of the only competitive events.|
When someone asks me the infamous trick question, "what is the most important school subject?" I answer "Physical Education". As my father, the Biologist, says, "You don't have a body; you are a body."
What could be more important than what you are?