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13 April 2010

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Tabitha

I can't agree more--the focus of P.E. should be encouraging kids to move and give them skills/activities that they can enjoy for the bulk of their lives. Not too many grown-ups playing dodge ball...Plus, games like dodge ball don't entail a lot of physical activity for the kids that get out first. It was always the big, fast, strong boys that ended up getting a workout and everyone else sat on the sidelines for the majority of the time.

It's certainly fun to learn "playground games" but aerobics, running, jumping rope and other basic skills are things that last a lifetime for more people.

I hated P.E. and still have to overcome some of those mental barriers as I strive to be fit and to work out regularly.

Cathie B

That was me in 2nd grade...And, could have written most of the rest of the article except for that time in my 20 somethings when I had a really muscular body from physical activity. Thanks for the link and encouragement. We are trying to think of good p.e. things to do here with no budget. I'd love to hear what you come up with...

jen

A few years ago NPR did a story about a junior high in Illinois that had a novel approach to physical education. Instead of sports skills the emphasis is on physical health for life. The results are astonishing--the gym teacher says that while nationwide the obesity rate in schools is 36%, at that school it is 3%.
What a difference in the quality of life for so many people if this were the approach in schools, rather than gym class yet another way to create pecking order and humilation.

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