Why dont high schools make P.E/gym class a higher priority??
You need to pass a bunch of tests, and get credits for math and english. Why not P.E?? Why do schools see phyisical education as less inportant than math or english.
Yes some people may hate gym class, just like some people hate english, but that does not mean they are not requied to take it
Gregoryy, I agree with you but in some regards I have to disagree. I agree that it is very important to develop a balance of what healthy foods to eat and maintaining at least some moderate exercise just to take care of yourself. When I said I disagree, it's only because I'm trying to think from the perspective of school board's and institutions. I love physical activity. I thrive on it, as I'm too eccentric already, but what school institutions are looking for is to educate their students on the subjects of study that are used widely. When a person excels in physical activities or become interested, normally they will commit themselves to some kind of sport. Also, when you think about what is required to stay in shape - it would take too much off of school time to make an entire course for it. I will note that you even said "high schools", which in turn makes sense because that allows for more flexibility in schedules as opposed to college (where personally I think it shouldn't be required due to the already amounting expenses from tuition, etc.). I think that in the eyes of school institutions it's not important because physical education requires a commitment, which most people do not possess. To be honest, it's America - I believe to be the only country (or one of the only ones) to struggle with an overweight problem. Because this course takes a dedication for something that you have to commit to, I think the school board thinks that most young kids would take advantage of the extra time off from learning about English, Math, Science, etc. This is only my opinion though.
Major changes in the training for the work force result from observance and analysis of other successful systems. Successful, competent, skilled mathematicians, physicists, chemists, and engineers develop the technology that we sell to foreign nations. Talent and information (which must be known and understood) provide these export goods.
In my high school phys. ed. classes in Central California, we had to take anatomy tests, write training plans, and identify key concepts in essays. We were tested for improvement, and we took the President's fitness test each year.
I feel the answer is quite simple: students are not required to pass a state standardized test in P.E., therefore schools put P.E. on the back burner. Classes like math, reading, science, and English will get first priority because students are required to pass tests in those areas. If schools do not pass the tests, they may lose funding, credibility, etc... Sad but true.
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