Where we could place emphasis on sports and recreational exercise, we needlessly fill a students agenda with an unproductive class. How about we be honest- how many students actually take P.E. Seriously?
Students already stress over inappropriately long school days, accompanied by hours of meaningless busywork (AKA homework). It is like reading a book- when you force someone to do it, they do so with their minimal effort. When they willingly choose it, they do so with passion for the mere intrinsic value it offers.
Growing children and teens need to have physical movement every day in order to develop healthy bodies. Experts recommend at least an hour of physical activity per day, and mandatory physical education courses make it easy to get this hour whenever schools stick to the health class in their curriculum.
At least in the United States, Physical Education can be the only time children go outside to play and stay in shape. With the epidemic of obesity in the country, the last thing America needs is another excuse for children to sit inside. At home, many parents do not encourage their children to play sports. It's much easier sitting in front of the television.
It is important for children to gain an appreciation for exercise as stimulating, fun activity. Furthermore, children learn to win, lose and be part of team through sports. This is what they learn in physical education. While children who are able to supply evidence that they participate in extracurricular sports activities should be excused from school physical education courses if they so choose, those students who cannot should be required to participate in school sponsored physical education programs.
Given that childhood obesity is a serious problem with today's youth, physical education is important to ensure that children get an appropriate amount of exercise and stay fit. Physical education provides them with means to work out, play hard, get exercise, burn calories, and have fun all at the same time.
Having PE in the school curriculum is not only worthwhile to the student, but is worthwhile to society. By its very nature, PE ensures students are exposed to healthy lifestyle practices that can continue for years beyond schooling. Moreover, dedicating time and effort into teaching students about games and rules can have a positive effect on our culture. The nature and purpose of Physical Education is valuable and has been shown to not sacrifice academic performance (Dollman, Boshoff & Dodd 2006), and also offer great personal growth, knowledge and development.
The number of obese children in America has nearly tripled in the past thirty years! Just spending one period of physical education a day decreases children's risk for obesity by 5%! P.E. Also helps keep students focused and a study has shown that children who participate in physical education get better grades. P.E. Should be a mandatory subject.
Physical education helps kids stay active and burn calories during the day. It relieves stress. The classes should be mandatory because children, like any other humans, need to get their blood pumping and burn off stress. Physical education doesn't have to be much--just getting kids on the playground or in the gym is a fun way to relieve stress.