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Budget Cuts Hit PE Programs
Why Keep PE
Everywhere across Michigan, state budget cuts are hitting public schools. Most school districts are now forced to make cuts, and sadly to say it's not the "core" classes being cut i.e. English, math, science, and social studies, but the Fine Arts departments which include Physical Education, Art, Band, and Music that are being slashed. This article will explain some very important points as to why cutting Physical Education is not a wise decision.
Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. BMI is calculated from a person's weight and height and provides a reasonable indicator of body fatness and weight categories that may lead to health problems.
All across America millions of people are slipping into the obesity range of being overweight. Not too long ago roughly 11 years ago not one state was listed as having a majority of their state in obesity however, that was 11 years ago. Now it's an eye popping 10 states! And not only are those ten obese, but the rest of the states in America are at 24% or higher with only one state lower than 20% (Colorado). The question is why? Now we can blame fast food and the costs of healthier food being more expensive than junk food therefore that's what consumers buy it, but I believe it's technology!
Think about it...to all you people over 30 years old...what did you do when you got home from school or on the weekends as an elementary student, middle school and even high school.....Yep, you went outside and played. Played with friends, neighbors, and your brothers and sisters. Now think about what your kids or what kids you know do now...you guessed it...play with technology. There are cell-phones where they text their friends now, there are computers where they can get on facebook and talk to their friends. Gaming systems like x-box, playstation 3 and wii, where it's better than the old fashion video games that kids played at the mall or bowling alleys. Therefore, kids are becoming overweight, some due to the food that is available, but most due to the lack of exercise.
So you are asking what can we do about it...KEEP PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS! Kids are not going to get that exercise at home, it must be done at school. But now with these budget cuts coming down, schools are cutting exercise in school. This will eventually be this countries demise.
What's funny about the whole thing is that schools will argue about testing and how students need more core classes to achieve higher test scores but in fact, physical activity promotes higher test scores. It's been proven time and time again that activity not only improves test scores, but also allows students to focus in the classroom and remain on-task than with students who do not get that activity.
I'll leave you with this quote: Nobody I ever knew died because they didn't know Math, but they did die from being overweight due to major health problems.