deepak agrawal Posted 3 months ago Sport as a school of life: What Values, Virtues and Principles Sports teach us ? Please read four posts as one article. Part 1 I do not claim that I know everything about teaching and learning but I feel I have something to contribute to this discussion. I also hope that discourse below is read with realization that when Sporting games and Events become business akin to gladiatorial events in ancient Rome, it attracts all the malice of results and profits for its investors. When sports is business, which some do with honor and ethics and some don’t then it commensurately affects players as justly or badly as employees in any other business or economic endeavor (many writers, painters, sculptors also have intense feelings about commercial aspects of their art). To build a whole human being, one of the Upanishad (ancient Indian literature, please bear in mind that being ancient is no sign of legitimacy, it just seem relevant to me to quote and use it here) states that a person needs six different types of teachers/guides in an esoteric mix through course of life to achieve evolution and fulfillment. They are 1. Adhyapak (a primary school teacher in normal sense) – who gives information 2. Upadhyay (a high school teacher in normal sense) – who helps apply information to generate own version of knowledge to understand natural world 3. Pundit (a university professor in some sense) – who gives you insights or help you generate insights of your own (by being your Ph.D. guide) Our academic system, more so in predominantly knowledge centric society (as pointed out by Yoka Feng on what’s happening in China,) is mainly focusing on these first three kind of teachers.