Many schools today are limiting their physical education classes in order to squeeze in more academic time for their students. It’s understandable: we live in an area where academics are prioritized and students are expected to succeed in the classroom.
So why do we have daily P.E. when other schools are going to just a few days a week? It’s pretty simple, actually. Physical activity and a good exercise program are just as valuable to a child as an invigorating history class! In fact, after a gym class, the students are ready to get focused and back to work.
In a world where childhood obesity is at an all-time high, schools should be making physical activity, exercise, and sports a goal for all of the students. Not everyone will be an athlete, but a sound body equals a sound mind—and we all need to know how to best get out our energy in healthy ways.
An article from the Virginia Education Association written by Charlotte Kelso aligns itself with this philosophy. “The psychological benefits of exercise are just as important as the physical ones. Not to be overlooked are the positive effects of physical activity on self-image and self-confidence, and on promoting general feelings of health and wellness. Movement develops brain cells and stimulates the production of endorphins, body chemicals that help create feelings of happiness and calmness as well as ease stress and pain. A good workout can leave students feeling better about life and themselves. An inactive student will feel lethargic and understimulated.”
Kelso goes on to point out that a quality physical education program is also critical. Luckily, Mr. Miller has this covered! His emphasis on sportsmanship, teamwork, and overall work ethic are gifts that he continues to give to his students each year.
Our students are lucky to have a daily P.E. class from kindergarten through eighth grade! It’s often a favorite time of the day, and clearly an important one too.