With schools across the country suffering from budget cuts, and the feeling they need to focus more on curriculum that prepares students for standardized tests, physical education is being taken away from mandatory curriculum.
The American Obesity Association helps us understand Obesity. They explain that Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to identify children that are overweight and obese. (BMI is a calculation of weight in comparison to height). Obese children are now getting diseases like type 2 diabetes and it is proven that overweight kids tend to become over weight adults. This leads to a greater risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.
We understand that there are many causes for obesity but with the increased rates the past few decades, it is clear to us that genetics isn’t the only factor planing a role. Too often kids are eating too much and exercising to little.
With that being said, should physical education hold the same amount of importance as English, Math, History or Science? Today, children are spending more time watching television, sitting at a computer and playing video games, than participating in physical activity. Childhood obesity is on the rise and we feel that schools should a lot time for physical education.
Kids who exercise more may score higher in academic classes as well as be more alert and improve their health. Physical education in High Schools tends to be more beneficial, because it can be used as an outlet to purge out extra energy. Also it can be used to show one’s peers what kind of physical capabilities on may have. With all the good that physical education brings, we feel that its wrong for schools to take gym class out of their daily routine.
Here is an article from CNN in which a school district in Texas who took away gym class in 1995. For all the reasons we mentioned above, they are now working to get physical education back in their schools.
Hopefully schools will start realizing that they can play a large role in keeping our children healthy though improving school lunches and requiring physical education for all children. To us, it is equally as important as preparing for standardized testing.