I was amused as I walked past a classroom at my children’s school yesterday to overhear a teacher explaining time differences around the world using the upcoming World Cup game between Uruguay and Mexico as an example. “The game will be played at Xpm in South Africa, which means to see it live we would have to be watching our television at Yam in the morning, because the world is round and when the sun is shining on one side, it is dark on the other.
Football (soccer) really is the World Game.
I’m not a particularly athletic person, but even I have to admire a sport that can incorporate physical activity, geography, mathematics, science and some really buff incredibly gifted athletes.
Despite my lack of sporting prowess (or indeed even the most fleeting enthusiasm for anything even vaguely athletic) I must confess that it’s hard to resist the lure of World Cup. I’ve bought a poster to keep track of the match results and might even make an effort to watch some of the games. Possibly. If the timing isn’t too ridiculous. Well, I’ll record them and watch them with no more than a 12 hour delay.
But it’s not just about national pride and a chance to barrack for the Australian team taking part in The Beautiful Game. By the end of the World Cup, I’m aiming to work out how to incorporate all the key learning areas across the primary school curriculum into a discussion of football, saving time and possibly reducing student truancy. It’s worth a try.
Will you be watching the games? Sitting up late or cheating like me and recording them to watch at a more civilized hour? Want to help me put together a proposal to use football (and remember we’re talking soccer here) as the basis for a new national curriculum? Make sure you add your comments below.by