Jun 10

The Importance of Physical Education

Over the past few decades, American pop culture has been on a health craze creating diets, pills, plastic surgery, and many other weight loss possibilities. However, regardless of any weight loss system, exercise is a necessity to maintain healthiness. Schools have long had physical education classes, and were once a requirement.

Most school systems today have a requirement in high school that each student must receive one credit for P.E. (physical education) class, which can be either six months or one year depending on each schools individual schedule. In the middle schools, students often get to choose if they have P.E. or not, but elementary usually requires it. All schools should require physical education all the way until graduation. Simply put, the more exercise you do, the better you feel –of course with moderation.

Physical Education Lesson Plans

Although a physical education teacher needs to know a lot of issues such as what to do when someone is injured, C.P.R, and other criteria, physical education lesson plans are quite simple. A brief example of a daily lesson plan could be the following: dress out into P.E. clothes, stretch out for ten minutes, take 2 laps around the track, pick teams to play basketball, dress back in. Many schools have now integrated health class with P.E. For example, one day you may go outside and play something, but the next day you are inside a classroom.

But why so much change in physical education? Why is P.E. not required every school day? Isn’t P.E. a way of healthy living if students participate? The only true objection is sickness or a doctor says a student should not participate for a certain reason. A physical education teacher should persuade administrators to keep students in P.E. on a daily basis including data folders with physical education plans. As a result, we will have a healthier country and more positive lifestyle.

Physical Education Games

When was the last time you played kickball? At P.E. right? Of course, you will remember all the popular sports, but some physical education games may be long forgotten. Remember when you had two teams on opposite sides trying to push this huge ball through the other side? Or what about Red Rosie where the opposite team called your name to run through the arms of your opponents? As adults, we even still have tug-a-war competitions. These physical education games may seem childish, but these were fun times at school. It is important to have fun at school at every grade level. Plus, these games help students build social skills that they may lack in the classroom.

The importance of physical education is powerful. It creates positivity, especially if you have the right teacher. One may argue that there are students who lack physical skills and are picked last for teams. Maybe a student is overweight or shy. All this is easily overcome if the teacher encourages students to help other students achieve goals on the P.E. field. In turn, those students will help the athletic students who lack academic skills. Consequently, P.E. brings people together.

Contributors Bio

Contributor photo Lona Glenn
Los Angeles
Lona graduated from Los Angeles City College. While being a lecturer in several high school institutions Lona founded an online educational project Tutorsclass.Read more
Contributor photo Maria Castle
Davis, CA
I studied education and currently work as a tutor for school-age children. I've worked as a volunteer in many different international social projects and as a camp counselor every summer.Read more

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