IT SHOULD NOT BE MANDATORY. OFFER IT AS AN ELECTIVE. A gym class is of no use to someone who is already overweight. Standing around while everyone else plays sports because no one wants to play with them is nothing but detrimental to a young adolescent. The only students who prosper and who take gym class seriously are the athletes who don't actually NEED any education in the physical department. Make it an elective, not mandatory.
I would have to agree with that students in high school should have a mandatory P.E. class during the school day, not only because it gives the students the opportunity to get there energy out but they have time to be active and to socialize with there fellow class mates. The reason why I am all for students in high school having to have a P.E. class during the day is because our society now is an overweight society and that is because the students do not have any structured activities in the school day.
This generation has more overweight kids than any other generation. Schools with PE classes can promote life long physically active habits.
Kids who exersize learn better and retain information better.
During the teen years the brain goes through a massive culling of unused neural pathways. If students don't continue to develop their coordination skills in the teen years they will lose many of them permanently.
Yes, obviously they should, since obesity is on the rise. 1 in every five people in America are considered overweight or obese and it's time we started doing something to prevent the future generations from being fat, overweight and obese people.
Some students don't have other activities to keep them fit! What are they supposed to do? The students not enrolled in activities need something to do to promote physical activity and gym class is a good one. Also, lots of students are over weight or obese and gym class is a good way to help them become healthy again. Gym class also promotes healthy living which is used all through out life for the rest of your life.
Although I'm not very athletic, or even a 'sporty' type, PE has never been truly about that, and has just been strictly about exercises and keeping kids in shape. All of the Physical Education classes I've had never stressed you on doing 50 push-ups, or being able to score 10 points in Flag Football. Exercises are just to keep kids healthy, which is VERY important in school. But yes, PE does have sports as well, but it is just participation grade, not depending on your athletic skill. PE doesn't just keep you healthy, but also well-rounded, which is why high school students should have it.
Obesity has absolutely nothing to do with PE class. We only have less 30 minutes of PE every other day and less than 50 percent of students actually participate (mostly athletes) and it's not even an intense workout (badminton, ping pong ect.). The rest of us just stand around gossiping or do other homework. It's a total waste of time.
Physical education classes can often be competitive or even embarrassing for children, especially for those children that are not as coordinated or fit as other students. This can breed a dislike of physical exercise. Therefore, I believe students should be made aware of the benefits of physical activities, but should be left to exercise in a way that suits them.
If it stays mandatory, this will cause the other electives such as art, music, and home skills to want to be mandatory as well. Not every elective can be mandatory. Furthermore on average kids only spend 16 minutes doing physical activity anyway. Even if they increased time spent in Gym I doubt kids would try harder. Gym Class is a joke!
when students get in the class they socialize before they do and exercise and that leaves 20 30 mins the most classes should be longer at the beginning of the day or the end. when student get in the class room they often procrastinate and many times the teachers are not on top so they most times waste the whole period.
How can a class that is only 40 to 50 minutes long be helpful? Especially when most students don't put their effort into it. Many students find gym a waste of time that could be used to do homework or prepare for tests. High school is when we are supposed to make our own decisions. So it should be an elective. We should make the choices of our lifestyles. And what we learn from gym is forgotten when it's over. Obesity tripled from 1980 to 2006 taking obesity percentages from 5 to 17 %. I am a high school student and that time running and playing games could be used to prepare for college or the SAT. In my opinion P.E. should become and elective and not be a requirement.