I always find it funny, seeing parents talk about the value of team sports: they’re always, always people who play team sports as adults, and how they loved playing them as kids. That’s fine, and I don’t contest that a kid can, while playing a team sport, develop his or her teamwork skills, discipline, understanding of the virtue of sacrifice, and grasp of the value of hard work.
But… I value those same things, though I didn’t enjoy—and never really played—team sports after elementary school (and even in grade school, I never played them much). So then where did I pick up those values?
The kneejerk response is to say it was with my tenor sax in hand, and/or my Dungeon Master’s Guide on the table in front of me. Except that’s a kneejerk response, and I try never to really trust my own kneejerk responses.
Reflecting on it, I think the idea is actually bullshit—just like the claim that “sports teach teamwork” (etc.) is bullshit. Here’s why: Continue reading