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Issue: May/June 2007
The Case for Daily Physical Education
According to a recent study, only 56 percent of high school students participate in physical education, and the percentage of schools requiring physical education has progressively dropped. The goal of providing daily physical education to all K-12 students in the United States presents challenges such as budgetary issues, less time for other subjects, an increased need for certified or licensed physical education teachers, and the need of revised curriculums and lesson plans. To achieve this goal, physical education practitioners must become advocates for change by developing goals and strategies, spreading clear messages about the importance and benefits of daily physical education, and reporting data that support a return on investment.
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