Coubertin Quote for Apr, 29
We must work on tomorrow, on the next generation that is about to enter the schools.... A whole philosophy of youth must be introduced, one that will form the basis of manly philosophy later on: one does not cheat.

After he retired from the IOC, Baron Pierre de Coubertin turned his focus back to education. Having begun his career as an education reformer in the 1880s, and having made the link between sport and education the core of Olympism, he was disappointed that schools everywhere had lost or compromised their focus on physical education.  In 1928, he founded the International Bureau of Sports Pedagogy and gave a speech at the University of Lausanne defining its purpose:  to help develop a new philosophy of teaching that would put an emphasis back on the importance of physical education. Today’s quote is taken from “The Educational Use of Athletic Activity,” an article the Baron’s speech that appeared in Le Sport Suisse on November 28, 1928. 

“We must work on tomorrow, on the next generation that is about to enter the schools. The master of the hour is the school teacher, the professor. The place for improvement is at the graduate level of teacher training. Young teachers must pay attention to the educational uses of athletics…. A whole philosophy of youth must be introduced, one that will form the basis of manly philosophy later on: one does not cheat. Success achieved in games through twisting the truth does not count. It is like trying to eat by ingesting poison. The unfortunate thing is not failing, but failing to try.”