Pierre de Coubertin chose education as a way to contribute to France’s growth. His starting point was the introduction of sport in high schools, which developed, in general analysis, essentially contesting the educational system as a whole.Youth, therefore, represented most of Coubertin’s work, since his proposals were based on his pedagogical concerns. The Baron’s devotion to this youth encouraged him fervently until the last years of his life.A text from his early years of study contextualizes the chain of his ideas in an objective way: “I will harden the bodies and the character of weak and introverted youth through the inherent risks even the excesses of sport. I will enlarge their vision and their understanding through contact with the great astrological, planetary, and historical horizons, especially that of universal history, which, by creating mutual respect, will become a catalyst for a practical international peace. And all of that for everyone, without distinctions of birth, caste, fortune, position, or profession”.More information: coubertin.org/.
PHOTO: Pierre de Coubertin dressed in a sports kit (CIPC).