More Physical Education is Needed in School

We all remember hitting the playgrounds for recess.  It was a time to get some fresh air, get away from the classroom and clear your head, tackle your buddies on the field and chase the girls.  Some of the more organized would start games that would then conclude over lunch or the afternoon recess.  School represented a balance between mind and body.

That has all changed.  Some where on the way to the playground a decision was made that physical education was as important as any other subject that is not math, English, science or social studies.  Physical education has become an elective.  When an active 7th grader can only elect to take P.E. for a 9-week period, representing a quarter of the school year, something is wrong.   Schools need to mandate physical education for the entire year and put it back into the category of required primary core courses.

The minds of school-aged children are shaped early on.  Is it any surprise that the prevalence of overweight children has continued to rise since 1980 when we have de-emphasized the importance of physical education in school?  But, it isn’t just a weight thing.  You just can’t keep kids cooped up in a classroom for seven hours while allowing 30 minutes for lunch.  It isn’t healthy and the kids will under perform in the classroom.  Just think how you would be if you couldn’t get that lunch workout in, or for that matter leave the building.

I’ve grown tired of hearing the reasons behind this change.  Common ones include budgets, coordination of bus schedules, expanded classes for band, choir, music, computer science, etc.  Here is an idea; extend the school day by 30 minutes. That isn’t going to kill anyone and it just may end up saving tens of thousands of lives down the road.

We need to re-establish the connection between mind and body in schools.  Mandate physical education in school for the entire year.




About Mike

Mike has been an executive in the biotechnology industry for the past 20 years. Mike is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, earning Bachelors degrees in Business Economics and Geography. Mike also earned his MBA in Finance from California State University, Fresno. Mike is married to the mother of his 3 children and currently lives outside of Boulder, CO. In his spare time Mike enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, reading and coaching basketball.
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2 Responses to More Physical Education is Needed in School

  1. Physical education and sports in schools is a must for developing the minds of young people. Learning to work together as a team to meet a common goal, overcoming conflict with things don’t go your way, learning to handle the “bad call”, and learning how to celebrate/share success with others are all important aspects of physical education and sports. Here locally, one of the school districts have eliminated most physical education activities in the middle schools all in the name of budget cuts. Guess what? Enrollment numbers in the district declines even further and academic measurement scores decline as well.

    Having coached youth sports for many years, it has been my experience that the students that are dedicated to a team are also ones that manage their time well and excel academically.

    Best regards,

    Dean M. Calhoun, CIH
    Affygility Solutions

  2. Pingback: Childhood Obesity: A Worthy Cause « CXO Footnotes

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