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(CBS DC)   Experts say that U.S. schools should make physical education a core subject. Probably because most kids' core is pretty much surrounded by several layers of fat   (washington.cbslocal.com) divider line 93
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2013-05-25 08:25:47 AM  
Simple solution: treadmill desks.

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2013-05-25 08:52:57 AM  
I fully expected this headline to be directly above or below a headline reading "Experts say that US schools must eliminate physical education because of budget cuts/lawsuits/Jesus/unbearable pressure from the lesbian alliance of Sara Lee and Betty Crocker"
 
2013-05-25 09:11:07 AM  
"No Fries Left Behind"
 
2013-05-25 09:16:10 AM  
PE?  F*ck yeah, dodge ball!
 
2013-05-25 10:13:25 AM  
I've been reading about a lot of schools that have cut down not only on P.E. but recess time as well. "Why can't these 8-year-olds concentrate while sitting at a desk for eight hours? It must be ADD. Give them some drugs!"
 
2013-05-25 11:00:49 AM  
Curse that negress Michelle Obama and her horrible attempts to help children be unfatted.
 
2013-05-25 11:02:17 AM  
I went to high school in Illinois, and they required four years of PE, minus one semester that was health class.  I'm all for the physical education, but a lot of the stuff we did was crap like square dancing.
 
2013-05-25 11:04:41 AM  

gameshowhost: Curse that negress Michelle Obama and her horrible attempts to help children be unfatted.


Oh come on! Seriously, that can't be a real wo-

Oh.

Uh...


Carry on...
 
2013-05-25 11:07:04 AM  
Seems to be the norm in a lot of other countries
 
2013-05-25 11:07:26 AM  
When I was in school, PE was just for the football players who were expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA but were also intensely stupid.

If you weren't a varsity football player, you got to sit and watch the football players practice playing football.
 
2013-05-25 11:07:29 AM  
I don't see how this is workable. The more athletic kids will inevitably be better at the games they play, which will hurt the self-esteem of the non-athletic kids. This goes against everything this country believes in. Every kid is exactly the same. THE SAME!
 
2013-05-25 11:07:33 AM  
Really... Didn't we do this in the 80's with Reagan and Schwarzenegger?
 
2013-05-25 11:07:50 AM  
I have 2 kids 9/12 and I interact with their classmates all the time.  I don't see anymore fats kids today than when I was growing up...I actually could swear kids seem to wear glasses less and braces more.

We live in NJ
 
2013-05-25 11:08:45 AM  
 
2013-05-25 11:10:56 AM  
/Personally I think that PE and all school sports should be completely divorced from the educational system... All the way up through college.

If you wanna run it parallel that's fine, but you find your own funding.

Tired of jocks getting to skate on serious bullying and abuse, because the person in charge of punishment is usually a coach...

//Also Tired of watching my old school district eliminate busing, and science fairs, and performing arts while supporting 2 top level football teams.

///Yes, I played sports. Shut up.
 
2013-05-25 11:12:23 AM  
Oh, and our high school also gave PE exemptions for students in the athletic programs.  So, if you played football, you didn't have to do PE during football season.
 
2013-05-25 11:12:35 AM  

Sybarite: I've been reading about a lot of schools that have cut down not only on P.E. but recess time as well. "Why can't these 8-year-olds concentrate while sitting at a desk for eight hours? It must be ADD. Give them some drugs!"


When my son started school I decided to be all normal and attend PTA meetings. One of the meetings I remember vividly was the principal explaining that they'd put recess after lunch so that at least they could maximize the 45 minute MAXIMUM BY LAW that children were allowed for recess AND lunch. I repeat: MAXIMUM BY LAW

Jesus fark.

Anyhow, I think more phys ed would be fantastic for school. I could see a lot of extra stuff being added, too. Go out and examine the grass. Talk about bugs, geology. Take out yard sticks and measure things. There's a ton of stuff I could envision. I'd love to see schools have entire sections of their yards taken up with various experiments. Just... People gotta remember that if kids are fat they aren't going to necessarily want to play soccer, football, baseball, etc. Try smaller stuff too, like archery, yoga, basic martial arts, nature walks, etc.
 
2013-05-25 11:14:16 AM  

Shadow Blasko: ///Yes, I played sports. Shut up.


The important thing is not that you played sports. It's that you're not an asshole. :)
 
2013-05-25 11:15:54 AM  
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2013-05-25 11:16:41 AM  

Aidan: Shadow Blasko: ///Yes, I played sports. Shut up.

The important thing is not that you played sports. It's that you're not an asshole. :)


Exactly!

/Learned my asshole skills in theater class.
 
2013-05-25 11:17:54 AM  
PE is an excuse for the athletic kids to bully and humiliate the decidedly non-athletic kids.  And I'm not just talking about "doing better", I'm talking direct humiliation.  Name-calling, assault, etc.
 
2013-05-25 11:18:41 AM  

Aidan: Shadow Blasko: ///Yes, I played sports. Shut up.

The important thing is not that you played sports. It's that you're not an asshole. :)


Btw i totally agree with you on getting them out from behind desks more.
 
2013-05-25 11:18:46 AM  
ellipticals for cardio would make a good 1st hour class. it'd decrease ADD/ADHD diagnosises, keep kids healthier and learning more. their construction would create jobs. even apple could get in on it and put iPod/phone jacks / whatever in them.
 
2013-05-25 11:19:42 AM  
Learning how your body operates and what is healthy is just as important as anything else in primary school.  Also establishing healthy habits and teaching children how to exercise and stay healthy is equally important.  I don't know if you need it for every kid every year of school, but it should be a required course at some point for everyone.
 
2013-05-25 11:20:01 AM  

Shadow Blasko: Really... Didn't we do this in the 80's with Reagan and Schwarzenegger?


And in the '60s.

For some reason, it's a continuing problem.
 
2013-05-25 11:23:28 AM  

Orgasmatron138: I'm all for the physical education, but a lot of the stuff we did was crap like square dancing.


I think it's probably time to move to a dual model. You could still have PE as a sort of intro to sports, but also they should develop a reasonable, personally progressive set of stretching, cardio, and body weight resistance exercises that students could do in a half-hour at the beginning of school to help them stay healthy, increase their metabolism, and help them focus (exercising regularly helps my focus tremendously.)
 
2013-05-25 11:24:29 AM  

MadCat221: PE is an excuse for the athletic kids to bully and humiliate the decidedly non-athletic kids.  And I'm not just talking about "doing better", I'm talking direct humiliation.  Name-calling, assault, etc.


I remember the jocks trying to show up / humiliate other lower tier jocks.  There's no sport in out playing the kid with a wooden leg after all.

The non athletic kids could usually got props for at least trying.

I didnt go to school with assholes though, so YMMV.
 
2013-05-25 11:26:54 AM  

dv-ous: Shadow Blasko: Really... Didn't we do this in the 80's with Reagan and Schwarzenegger?

And in the '60s.

For some reason, it's a continuing problem.


THIS was the real reason Kennedy was assassinated.
 
2013-05-25 11:30:33 AM  

umad: I don't see how this is workable. The more athletic kids will inevitably be better at the games they play, which will hurt the self-esteem of the non-athletic kids. This goes against everything this country believes in. Every kid is exactly the same. THE SAME!


MadCat221: PE is an excuse for the athletic kids to bully and humiliate the decidedly non-athletic kids.  And I'm not just talking about "doing better", I'm talking direct humiliation.  Name-calling, assault, etc.


I give 10/10 to both. Different approach, but well executed. Thanks, would LOL again.
 
2013-05-25 11:30:57 AM  
In my schools PE program we have a physical trainer who teaches the class.
The stuff he makes the kids do is evil but it is stuff everyone can do.
 
2013-05-25 11:33:26 AM  

Matthew Keene: dv-ous: Shadow Blasko: Really... Didn't we do this in the 80's with Reagan and Schwarzenegger?

And in the '60s.

For some reason, it's a continuing problem.

THIS was the real reason Kennedy was assassinated.


You mean all our problems cannot be solved by government!?
 
2013-05-25 11:33:31 AM  
In a related story, experts are demanding lawmakers close the Congressional bars, eat healthier foods (requiring a least two vegetables per meal), banning oversized drink containers (alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks) for official restaurants and making politicians do at least one hour of PE daily (time spent with mistresses does not count).  If it good enough for school students then it is good enough for Congress.
 
2013-05-25 11:34:27 AM  
with more PE at least the dumb kids will be fit enough to join the cops or military.
 
2013-05-25 11:34:55 AM  
Several layers of fat? I think it's just one layer, but it can be quite thick. Unless you're counting the folds or something...
Just sayin.
 
2013-05-25 11:37:44 AM  
In the south football is usually front and center..
 
2013-05-25 11:41:12 AM  
Why is it and when will it change?
Schools are not built for the proper care and education of children. They are built for a board of idiot adults.
Curriculum are not designed for the proper education of children, They are set by people with agendas, religeosis dementia and budget surfing bureaucratits.
Why can't Jonnie read good?

After WWII, there was a renaissance in education in this country. While all was not right with the world, attention and money was directed to the schools and the political Party System suffered. As their influence and control of the population slipped, the money dried up and educating the 99% has come to hard times. Frankly, the 1% sees it as a waste of time, money and money. Not like they expect ya'll to ever really decide anything for yourselves or anybody else.
 
2013-05-25 11:45:58 AM  

umad: I don't see how this is workable. The more athletic kids will inevitably be better at the games they play, which will hurt the self-esteem of the non-athletic kids. This goes against everything this country believes in. Every kid is exactly the same. THE SAME!


All I know is that no one is better than anyone else, and everyone's the best at everything.
 
2013-05-25 11:51:00 AM  
CSB:

I transferred to a different college and was going through like, 130 credits with my counselor. She said I needed a PE credit. I took an *online PE course* so I could get my BA.

Yeah. Not so CSB.
 
2013-05-25 11:51:34 AM  

Orgasmatron138: I went to high school in Illinois, and they required four years of PE, minus one semester that was health class.  I'm all for the physical education, but a lot of the stuff we did was crap like square dancing.


Bow to yer partner,
do-si-do.
Link yer elbows,
'round you go.

/and minus one semester for drivers ed
 
2013-05-25 11:52:03 AM  
Whenever we move we try to land in school districts that still offer five day a week PE.  They're not as easy to find as they once were.  I can't imagine sitting through an elementary school day with no gym or recess.
 
2013-05-25 11:56:15 AM  
Requiring some form of exercise might be a good idea, but that isn't really what PE is, at least not from what I remember. As I recall it was more of a joke and a complete waste of time for everyone involved. Harping on the "need" for more PE is just another way to pretend we're doing something about the problem when we're really doing nothing, because real solutions are hard, maybe even nonexistent- it's sort of like prayer in that respect. If we're going for easy answers, bandaids for arterial bleeding as it were, we'd get better results by just giving all the fatties Adderall.
 
2013-05-25 11:59:10 AM  
basemetal * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-05-25 09:16:10 AM PE? F*ck yeah, dodge ball!
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Not these days, unfortunately.
 
2013-05-25 12:02:35 PM  

Shadow Blasko: Really... Didn't we do this in the 80's with Reagan and Schwarzenegger?


That was an attempt to revive. In the '70s we all had to do Presidential Physical Fitness stuff.

/christ on a pogo stick, p.e. was integral to everyone's education back then
//even the fattest kids participated
 
2013-05-25 12:09:53 PM  

pktloss: " It could be as simple as having kids walk or bike to school, or finding ways to add a physical component to math and science class lessons. "

Wow, that sounds really sensible... Oh wait. If you let your kid walk or bike to school you're just inviting child protection services into your home


Not only that, there's a child molester hiding behind every bush! Don't let your kids stray further than your yard...evar!!!! In fact, just keep them inside...
 
2013-05-25 12:14:01 PM  

Orgasmatron138: Oh, and our high school also gave PE exemptions for students in the athletic programs.  So, if you played football, you didn't have to do PE during football season.


Our high school was the same, but keep in mind it wasn't just football. I got exceptions for track and cross country. With the amount of running I was doing, saying I needed exercise from PE would have been silly. It also freed me up for an extra elective, which I used to take french, I think.
 
2013-05-25 12:15:39 PM  
On the one hand, I don't want to make so many things required in high school that there is little room for flexibility, but on the other hand teaching someone to fit a form of exercise that they enjoy into their normal life is very important. More important than reading Gulliver's Travels.

I'd also like to see kids learn a little more personal finance like 'how much am I really paying for this loan' or 'how much you will spend if you don't pay off your credit card' or 'how to save for retirement (or emergencies)'.

And I'd like to see those PE classes focus on teaching kids how to have an entire lifetime of fitness instead of 5 glory years of working out 3 hours a day and playing competitive sports and then hanging it up and becoming obese.
 
2013-05-25 12:21:35 PM  

Shadow Blasko: Tired of jocks getting to skate on serious bullying and abuse, because the person in charge of punishment is usually a coach...


As a college professor, I would love to see a greater emphasis on PE in our society, just to annoy the more elitist kids who insist that athletics don't belong in school because it's not about reading books and deductive reasoning.

I admit its fun to rile them up by asking if we should also get rid of dance, music performance and visual arts.   And to eventually point out that they really just hate some kids who tormented them in high school, and thought that college was supposed to be their chance to exclude them.
 
2013-05-25 12:26:27 PM  
At my high school (mid 1980s) if you were on a sports team (including track) they expected more out of you, so the jocks had to take PE plus another athletics class (weight lifting, calisthenics, etc.). They had to work harder to impress the coaches, and our coaches treated most jocks worse than some regular students.  You could only get an exemption if you were in marching band, disabled, or had an illness preventing you from doing extended physical activity.


When I was in grade school we did what was called morning exercises (again, the obvious were exempt).  Just simple stretches mostly, but it was really to help wake our asses up, and to keep us from fidgeting for part of the day.  We also had 45 minutes of recess.
 
2013-05-25 12:27:20 PM  

malaktaus: Requiring some form of exercise might be a good idea, but that isn't really what PE is, at least not from what I remember. As I recall it was more of a joke and a complete waste of time for everyone involved. Harping on the "need" for more PE is just another way to pretend we're doing something about the problem when we're really doing nothing, because real solutions are hard, maybe even nonexistent- it's sort of like prayer in that respect. If we're going for easy answers, bandaids for arterial bleeding as it were, we'd get better results by just giving all the fatties Adderall.


See, this is my point.
Even the school board trolls. 'Cause they are trolled by the State Administration. "Cause they are trolled by,,,,
Trolling rather than truth speaking is the new lexicon.

Like feeding sharks, trolling now chums the political/social landscape and the profit/troll association has been established.
 
2013-05-25 12:31:54 PM  
The one year I did enjoy PE was when were allowed to pick an activity and I played tennis for a few months. I sucked at it but it did give me some exercise and it didn't involve the automatic hierarchy of a team sport, where the naturally large or gifted players will dominate.

Unfortunately, it's not very practical for schools to have enough tennis courts to accomodate most kids in a PE class. But it's still a good form of exercise, and even if you're not very skilled at playing the actual game, you can at least get a fair amount of exercise by whacking the ball across the net and running around the court.
 
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