Stuff reports on a worthy change to the school curriculum - check this out:
The Rugby World Cup is set to become part of the school curriculum, and teachers are being urged to fork out for rugby-themed merchandise.
Primary school teachers will be encouraged to bedeck classrooms with strings of flags – available at $1.20 a metre – arrange school rugby tournaments and learn about international teams.
The initiative, by government body Rugby New Zealand 2011, stems from a plan to include pupils in its "stadium of four million" theme as the World Cup moves into classrooms from July.
About 480,000 activity books will be distributed to primary and intermediate schools nationwide, for inclusion in the social studies curriculum.
Rugby NZ 2011 director Leon Grice said the programme, developed with the Education Ministry and New Zealand Rugby Union, was a way for children to feel connected to and excited about the event.
"Given the Rugby World Cup ... is going to be the largest event New Zealand has ever staged, and it's going to be so dominant on the televisions and in households around New Zealand, we wanted to make sure that every school-aged child had access to information about it.
"We are going to have something that is relevant to learning, and totally connected to the Rugby World Cup when the tournament comes along."
The Rugby World Cup is indeed an event of some considerable significance. Without doubt, it is the last time for many years that New Zealand will be able to host RWC, if not the last time ever.
So we reckon that it's great that school children are going to have the opportunity to support the tournament as part of their curriculum learning. Rugby may not be everyone's cup of tea, but this is an event that will impact on New Zealand in a much broader sense than just sport.
RWC 2011 is getting closer, and as it does we get a little bit more excited and a little bit more nervous.