The limitations of classroom teaching were felt in the 20th century by Tagore when he decided that true learning could take place in the shade of the trees rather than the suffocating surroundings of the claustrophobic classrooms. Perhaps the same idea echoed the minds of the Vedic rishis when the upanishadic pattern of teaching in the Vedic period necessitated the peaceful, green, and open presence of the ashrams or ‘asramas’. This was a time when equal stress was laid on the development of the mind and the body.
The ideal gentleman was expected to be a balanced combination of intellectual as well as physical dexterity. The present obsession with the power of the intellect and the unlimited financial bliss that accompanies the same, however, makes it possible for a wimp of a person to masquerade as a gentleman. Thus the absence of physical fitness in the modern man has reached the level where his chivalry is limited to killing cockroaches. The absence of sports paralyses a man’s ability to be a part of the physical evolution that takes place in Nature so quietly and this is so obvious.
But the importance of classroom teaching and the usefulness of the traditional lecture method whereby a student has the opportunity of evolving intellectually have also been proved. Mere assertion of sports on the open field being a more useful tool of learning would not do for then you shall have to do a lot trying to negate the intellectual giants who have vindicated