Friday, January 4, 2013

Long Term Student Development and how it relates to LTAD

This post is only slightly tied to Floorball but it presents a rather amazing conclusion or connection, - at least in our own eyes..

LTAD stands for Long Term Athletic Development, and it is, in a nutshell, a philosophy to get more people engaged in sports and how to curb drop-out rates, keep as many as possible in sports for life, and address matters of over-use, and aim for appropriate kinds of activities at different age levels and so on...
All based upon research - but also with the aim to also improve the very top elite performers..
In essence we do not compete for our school team - we instead improve in sports for the sake of our life.

Within education, there is an age-old discussion about the question if the school may teach WHAT the students must know or if the school teach on HOW to learn. The first thing is normally what you see in school - a system providing students with things they must know according to the "What perspective".
But yes, the school also provide tools within the "How dimension" too, even if we think it is generally more geared towards the "What" matter of things. The optimum school must probably therefore take care of the What and How question by not picking one before the other - but it is also crucial to know that as long as we mainly shoot for the What dimension the school might never "teach" things beyond what the school knows itself. The How side of things on the other hand provide students with the tools to go beyond all the knowledge a school may present.
Keep this little section in mind. Since you know what - it seems to tie rather good to the ideas of LTAD in some respects.

Now, try this, toss out the word Athlete in the LTAD and replace it with Student instead - we have LTSD.

DO we have drop-out rates in school? Is the school mainly about learning for the test - or do we want students to become full blown life-long learners? Do you now see the LTAD connection to the new expression LTSD?

Can it be possible to take the LTAD approach and, use the larger picture and transfer most of these ideas from Athlete development over to Student development?
You know what, we think it ought to be possible and the only main problem we see with this is that this matter ends up on the scale of being "a global educational policy".

And probably this is not much of a post at a Floorball blog.

But hey the idea is swell isn't it? - Long Term Student Development - a school that would aim for education beyond school and for life - not a bad idea, huh?

Just one more thing - yes there is several resources out there in the reality on life-long learning, in studies, and books and so on... search and you will find.

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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!