Only to play devil’s advocate here, while it seems like it is counter-productive, there are two reasons I believe most education administrators face:
1. There is little funding for education in the first place. Thus when cutting programs, the choice they make is to prioritize that of actual “classes” over PE.
2. Educators believe that with recess time, kids can get their daily amount of exercise anyways, and for older kids, club sports will compensate.
This is very true. You may have heard the saying that a healthy body makes for a healthy mind. Exercise and physical activity helps students to be active and not fall asleep during class. The mind is sharp and alert. Physical education, like music and art, unfortunately are being cut from schools because of a lack of funding for these areas. It is very important to keep active and this is no exception for students. A break from the classroon for gym class keeps the students active and is very important.
This trend of cutting clases like physical education cannot continue or students will not be well-rounded and healthy.
Yes, it is counter-intuitive. Administrators need to get creative about budget plans…. there are a lot of back-end areas to focus on as well. Something isn’t right. The funds aren’t being distributed the right way.
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