Tuesday, June 16, 2009

If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball...

One of my good friends from home is planning on becoming a P.E. teacher after she finishes her student teaching this fall.

However, here's a fun fact for all you Illinois residents: P.E. is actually NOT mandatory in every state in the U.S. despite what those of who grew up in the North Shore might think. Apparently, Illinois and Massachusetts are the only states that require phys. ed for students.

I couldn't get over this fact when I first heard it, and I still can't! As much as I was not the kid who loved gym (I actually preferred to do flip-flops on the soccer field than play in the game), I didn't mind it, and it certainly served quite a few purposes:

1. Cute gym shoes
2. Physical activity--for kids who aren't enrolled in after-school sports, how else are they expected to be active?
3. Social skills--You learn patience and understanding very quickly the first time you or a friend gets accidentally hit in the head with a tennis ball...

...and my fourth and favorite benefit...
4. Every kid no longer has a disorder.
I cannot tell you how many times we've had parents bring their children into the Y for gymnastics classes convinced that their child had ADD or ADHD or another combination of random letters. I'm not denying that some children actually do have learning difficulties, but put a kid in an active environment, and that hyperactivity becomes quick-reflexes during a game of dodgeball.

So really, why is P.E. not mandatory in every state? Because it's not on a standardized test?

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree. While I grew up in the CA public ed system, we always had PE. Luckily, the district valued the social/phsyical experience so we got plenty of PE time :)


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