There’s a story in today’s Boston Globe that looks at the new look of gym class these days.
According to the story, some high schools these days have rock-climbing walls and elevated indoor tracks. Others offer “golf, horseshoes and shuffleboard.”
The days of dodgeball and tag seem as ancient as VCRs and Walkmans to today’s kids. Instead of calisthenics, it’s yoga. Instead of climbing a rope, it’s choreographed dance.
Said one P.E. teacher in the story:
“In the last 10 years, we’ve gone from P.E. mode to wellness mode. It’s not your average P.E. class.”
But that’s not all. Gym class participation is dropping significantly, as it’s no longer a requirement in all schools.
Discrepancies in what certain schools can offer their students based on district finances is a whole other topic, but probably one worth addressing in the future.
Now for your comments.
What are your thoughts on the role of physical education in public schools? Should it be a graded requirement, an elective or an extra-curicular activity?
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