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High School Students should be allowed to use high school and club sports as PE credits

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Started: 4/12/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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cameronwilliams

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Many students are forced to take a zero period, summer school, or procrastinate until senior year to finish their PE credits in order to graduate. However many students play high school sports or club sports after school for two to three hours. students should be allowed to use high school or club sports for PE credits.
jvava

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Hello. I am glad to be debating with you.

I am against giving high-school students PE credits for extracurricular activities, because sports team typically only pick the strongest, best students. The students that need PE, the ones that aren't as strong, typically do not get chosen. Therefore, only allowing for strong, well-built students to receive credits is discriminatory; giving everyone the same opportunity at achievement through a PE class is much fairer.

Second, PE is an all-around class that teaches and prepares students for a variety of actives and exercises only play one sport, they are missing out on an assortment of other games and exercises that may not be utilized during their game time. To display this, let me give the definition of Physical Education, according to Merriam-Webster:

instruction in the development and care of the body ranging from simple calisthenic exercises to a course of study providing training in hygiene, gymnastics, and the performance and management of athletic games

Note a few things.

One, it says "simple calistenic exercises". Now, some exercises are done for different sports; for instance, a football coach may require one type of exercise and a tennis coach may require another. By limiting a student to only one sport, you are limiting their all-around sports knowledge and athletic ability.

Second, it states "the performance and management of athletic games". Notice the plural on "game", meaning that PE is a class where students are educated on a variety of athletic outlets. By providing students PE credits for extra-circular activities, you are, in fact, changing the definition of PE from "the performance and management of athletic games" to "the performance and management of an athletic game". Therefore, PE credits handed out to extra-curricular activities are not, in fact, true PE credits.

In conclusion, awarding students with credits for participating in extra-curricular activities, you are limiting their athletic knowledge to one sport. This is not the purpose of PE as stated in the definition, so providing these credits under the name of PE does not correspond with what is being done and what is being awarded. And, because the strongest, most well-built students had the best chance at achieving these credits, it would be a discriminatory policy. A class where everyone could achieve a credit is not discriminatory; and a class, such as PE, serves students the best when looked at with its stated purpose.

Good luck, and may the better debater win.
Debate Round No. 1
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