Skive and thrive

30th March 2001 at 01:00
Skiving off games at school is a time-honoured pursuit. Risk life and limb chasing a small, hard ball up and down a freezing, muddy field while dodging everybody else's hockey stick? A mug's game. Even sneaking a quick fag behind the bike sheds seems a more attractive prospect.

So skivers will cheer on researchers who have proved what they've known for years (and ignore contrary findings): stereotypes about thick-but-keen sporting types and languid intellectuals are spot on. But, researchers ponder, are the intellectually-challenged fitter because tey devote themselves to sport when they fail in the classroom - or is it the other way round? Clearly it's a mixture of nature and nurture. You'd have to be either masochistic or dim to enjoy playing team games in our climate. Brighter sparks determined to avoid sport spend years honing their intellects by coming up with excuses to avoid spending time on the field, thus ending up with even higher IQs.

In a global economy where creativity is key, the skills of ex-skivers could be at a premium. Someone should do some more research into it.


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