"If You Fail P.E., You Won't Be Accepted Into College"

April 11, 2006

Remember when teachers threatened you with that phrase? It motivated a lot of the kids to not only participate in Physical Education, but to do well. When I was growing up, the classes were physically exerting. I remember having to climb a rope hanging from the ceiling, forget that I’m afraid of heights!

According to this cnn.com article, Schools are struggling with requiring PE classes. As a result, we are a nation struggling with obesity, and more and more kids are being diagnosed with Type II diabetes.

At Moore Elementary School in Franklin Tennessee, students are required to take P.E. everyday. The result?

“Our students are a little less overweight, and their academic scores are high,” said Moore Elementary PE teacher Kathy Clark. “I want the same for every student in Tennessee.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2003 only 28 percent of U.S. high school students attended a daily PE class. About 38 percent watched TV for three hours or more each school night.

Hmmm…it’s time to turn off the television and take our kids for a walk.