With the obesity epidemic on the rise, do you think government should crack down on health education for our children in public schools? I often hear from parents that our children are not being taught health or physical education (PE) in their schools. I know that when I was in elementary and middle schools, it was mandatory to take health and PE. In fact, we even had the Presidential Fitness Challenge in which we had to pass annually or we failed PE. It was what gave me the love of fitness. Since many parents aren't teaching their children health, do you think these standards would help?
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Thanks for answering, Jeff. You have some great ideas for testing. I like the idea of ongoing assessments. That's what I do as a nutritionist and personal trainer as well. It's the fair way.
I agree, Celeste. I was out at Chinese dining once with my hubby. The family next to us were all large except one young son. I observed their plates, and he was the only one eating health. I don't know where his education came in but I liked this.
Thanks for commenting, Iburmaster. I also homeschooled my girls up through 8th grade. We used a variety of curriculum, but most of them offer health in which we used Abeka. For PE, they were on swim team, dance team, and softball league.
I know Abeka very well. But we used Saxon math. See, that's an easier PE than going to the YMCA every week. Swim team sounds fantastic. Why up until 8th grade? High school during homeschool is exactly like college. Drive to class and do your homework
We moved to a very rural area. My hubby was concerned about socialization. I lost the war with him, and I still wish I would have homeschooled them through high school. Like you said, they could have killed two birds with one stone (college). :(
He was actually concerned about it?! That was my mother's biggest worry, but it didn't bother me until college. In our area, there are plenty of homeschool groups to visit. Dual credit saved a ton on classes, but I loved high school.
Stan, why do you think that a "process of change" cannot benefit from schools requiring health and PE? Even 1 hour of education can be a part of that process at a different angle. As for me, PE was very active and well-taught. Just need good coaches.