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P.E. Class: An Endangered Species?

Credit: tanjila

Credit: tanjila

I have fond memories of physical education. Dodge ball, kick ball, basketball and jump rope before I was old enough to realize it was killer cardio. But these days, even though obesity is on the rise, it is reportedly easier than everfor kids to skip gym class.

In many schools, kids involved in other extracurricular activities like marching band or sports can beexempt from P.E. In my high school, I was only required to take gym class my freshman year. And while I got a ton of activity in other ways, a lot of kids don’t.

Are your kids taking gym classes? If not, encourage them to sign up. After all, isn’t gym more fun than most classes anyway?

Skip. But don’t skip gym class!

—Erin

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  1. Bug's Mom says:

    In the district I work for, kids are required to take two years of PEbut the classes have a MINIMUM of 50 students. The teachers spend most of the class preventing and organizing chaos so there is very little activity. It horribly sad!

  2. sherri says:

    Here in ny, kids have to take gym class through elementary right up til they graduate regardless of being in sports or not. Elementary students have two pe classes per week for 40 minutes each. and they are pushed to participate, i work with special needs children and have to involve them in the class as well, im sweating by the end!