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|Submission Title:||Hope for Physical Education|
Who can predict what physical education will be 10, 20, or 50 years from now, and yet one thing we all know is that human movement is essential to life and thus being physically educated, however that education is acquired, is essential to being a successful human. Thus, for school-based physical education, I hope . . .
* it will educate students about physical activity and health, and in the process of doing so help students become better human beings – physically, mentally, and socially.
* for a physical education that teaches knowledge and skills about a wide variety of physical activities, including sports and recreational activities, as well as how to become physically fit for a lifetime.
* for a physical education that educates students about the inextricable relationship between physical activity, health, and nutrition.
* for a physical education taught by well-prepared teachers who are professionally committed to teaching physical education.
* for a physical education that is recognized by school administrators and the public as essential subject matter.
* for a physical education that emphasizes “education” of and through the physical and not just the playing of sports or exercising for fitness.
* for a physical education that is offered K through 12 utilizing a progressive curriculum.
* for a physical education that recognizes individual differences in abilities and adapts the curriculum to meet all students needs.
* for a physical education that works with other institutions in society that share some or all of the objectives of physical education in the schools in order to provide a more comprehensive physical and health education to our students.
And should we see such a physical education we can expect future generations to be physically active and fit for a lifetime, and to know the joy of many forms of movement.