Imagine kids and teens not getting any exercise whatsoever. Wouldn"t this be horrible for their mental and physical health? Physical Education should be mandatory in schools. One reason why PE should be mandatory in schools is that kids and teens in schools are still growing, and going outside and being active is essential in doing this. Another reason why it should be required is that it lowers risks of obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar. PE also allows students to bond with their classmates in an environment outside of the classroom. Some may argue that PE can be tedious and hard, but health habits should be established when kids are younger, to help them later in life.
Although you believe that PE should be mandatory in middle schools, I don't. First of all kids not having PE in middle schools doesn't mean that they wouldn't be getting a physical education or getting excercise at all, it means that they wouldn't be running around for 20-30 minutes, which is getting excersice, but it doesn't help in the long run. Kids could have sports outside of school or have different activities. Even if you don't do PE in middle schools, you have to do something in high school for PE so even if you aren't doing anything in middle schools, you can make up for it in high school or by doing other sports that isn't in school. Also, some people may have restrictions to certain activities or not be very athletic. I understand that PE is supposed to make you more athletic and in shape, but people with restrictions or injuries or that are obese may feel bad about themselves. When we run the mile, you have to get a mile time under 9 minutes, for example, and if you don't get that time then you get a 2. thus us hard for some people that aren't as athletic and i understand that PE is supossed to help with that, but it doesn't always and for the kids that have trouble with things like this, it's hard for them. This is why I think that PE should not be required in middle schools.
Although I agree with you that sometimes if you aren't very comfortable in PE it can lead to feeling insecure, I feel that is more an issue of the unrealistic standards set for students in schools nationwide. If we had more realistic standards that would still require physical activity, kids wouldn't feel embarrassed, but still get the physical activity they need. Also, if kids don't exercise in middle school or elementary school and then they have to start in high school it wont help them build strong habits for the future. Studies have proven that physical activity clears your mind, and helps you release energy and calm down. As a result, if kids and teens go outside and do light exercise, releasing energy while having fun and making friends, it will help build those good and healthy habits for the future.
I agree that schools could and should make PE not as competative, but just because kids aren't doing PE or physical activities at school they could be doing a sport outside of school or doing some kind of activity. When a kid goes to high school the sports and activities they will be doing will help them get in shape and get excersice. Also, the question is if PE should be required in middle schools not in elementary schools. Kids could be doing PE in elementary schools, not do it it middle schools, and then start it back up again in high school. In high school you are not being required to do a certain thing like PE. You can choose which activities or sports you enjoy, unlike middle school where you have to do whatever everyone else is doing even if it's something you don't like or something you're not comfterble doing because you don't like it or because you're not able to. These reasons show that not having PE in middle schools isn't a bad thing because you can still get the excersice you need by doing other things.