Our kids need PE, PE needs our kids

The Compass - - Editorial -

We have heard it be­fore - our kids will not out­live their par­ents. In­ac­tiv­ity has be­come one of the most lead­ing causes of death in North Amer­ica.

Do you re­mem­ber your phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion (PE) ex­pe­ri­ence? As a pre-ser­vice teacher, who is just about fin­ished a grad­u­ate pro­gram in PE, I of­ten find my­self dis­heart­ened and frus­trated about the per­cep­tion of PE in gen­eral among my peers, col­leagues and com­mu­nity. “Take a lap! Drop - give me 20! Lose the asthma...” I am here to tell you that this is not the old school PE that you may or may not re­mem­ber.

In fact, PE these days through­out our won­der­ful province is fit­ness-based, suc­cess-ori­ented and mean­ing­ful. It sup­ple­ments stu­dent learn­ing in ways that will sur­prise you. Re­search stud­ies show sig­nif­i­cant re­la­tion­ships be­tween move­ment and aca­demic achieve­ment. Stu­dents are learn­ing to be­come crit­i­cal movers, so­cially re­spon­si­ble, team par­tic­i­pants, health con­scious and even cu­ri­ous. Through par­tic­i­pa­tion, stu­dents’ brains are be­ing bet­ter stim­u­lated, more alert and pre­pared to re­tain more in­for­ma­tion. PE is no a longer cof­fee break for pri­mary/ele­men­tary teach­ers, or a mil­i­taris­tic play­ground for high school stu­dents, but rather an ef­fec­tive part­ner.

We have heard it be­fore - our kids will not out­live their par­ents. In­ac­tiv­ity has be­come one of the most lead­ing causes of death in North Amer­ica. Health ex­perts rec­om­mend that all stu­dents re­ceive 60 min­utes a day of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. So why is our an­swer to sit stu­dents down all day to learn? As men­tioned, daily PE sup­ple­ments class­room learn­ing, meets the na­tional health rec­om­mended guide­lines, and pro­motes life­long well­ness. The time is now for PE to be­come a core value in our school sys­tem.

We are ex­tremely lucky in our province. We have a great group of phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tors with unique and di­verse back­grounds who have been na­tion­ally rec­og­nized, many who are will­ing to go that ex­tra mile for their stu­dents. Help sup­port them by ask­ing about your child’s PE class af­ter school. Ad­vo­cate for PE to be­come a core sub­ject, and stop be­ing in­ac­tive! Act to im­prove their lives, act to im­prove your life, and act to un­der­stand that PE needs ev­ery stu­dent, ev­ery day.

Brady Brian Turner, vice-pres­i­dent of the St. John’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Bas­ket­ball Of­fi­cials, writes from Wit­less Bay

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