A comparison of physical education in Germany and America from the years 1860-1930

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Delores Jean Wertz (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Rosemary McGee

Abstract: A comparison was made of the development of the physical education movement in Germany and America from i860 to 1930. This writer believes that American physical education and German Leibeserziehung are reflections of the political and social attitudes of these two countries. A study was made of the political situation of both countries during this era. The rich cultural heritage and the uneducated political attitude of the Germans were strikingly different from the democracy of the common man in America and the American individualism which were creating a new culture. Socially the current in Germany flowed with the authoritative leaders and was mirrored in the literature. The literature included the extremes of the spirit of the humanity of Goethe to the Germanity of Jahn. It included the resignation of fairy tale heroes to what must be, and inspiring thoughts of miraculous things coming to those who resign themselves properly to authority. The American current was as independent and individualistic as the political nature of the country. The literature was created from the American spirit of the pioneers and the men of history. Distinct lack of rank was evident in the schools.

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Language: English
Date: 1963

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