Blame the lib­er­als for sub­par P.E.

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Phys­i­cal

ed­u­ca­tion was once an im­por­tant part of the aca­demic pro­gram in Cal­i­for­nia pub­lic schools.

The “Sound Body, Sound Mine” con­cept was nec­es­sary for a well rounded ed­u­ca­tion.

I grad­u­ated from the Pasadena school sys­tem in the 60s and back then P.E. meant phys­i­cal ex­er­cise.

Classes in P.E. started out with the coach tak­ing roll call to see who was in class. Then the coach would check to see if we were wear­ing the proper P.E. at­tire which was a white T-shirt, blue shorts and tennis shoes.

Oc­ca­sion­ally he’d pull out our shorts to vis­ually check to see if we had our ath­letic sup­porter on, and if not, you’d be rep­ri­manded.

Cal­is­then­ics (like jump­ing jacks and pushups) were fol­lowed up with or­ga­nized ac­tiv­i­ties like flag foot­ball, hand­ball, bas­ket­ball or other ac­tiv­i­ties. When P.E. was over and the shower bell rang, all of us took a shower.

To­day in your pub­lic schools, hardly any of this is done. First of all par­ents can get a waiver and sign off on the P.E. re­quire­ment al­to­gether. Kids only need a min­i­mum o semesters to ful­fill their P.E. re­quire­ment. The dress code for P.E. is prac­ti­cally non-ex­is­tent and nowa­days, maybe a hand­ful of kids take a shower af­ter P.E. ex­er­cises.

P.E. or in­de­pen­dent study stu­dents is con­sid­ered a “vol­un­tary al­ter­na­tive in­struc­tional strat­egy” what­ever that means. It’s a shame that there’s lit­tle reg­i­men­ta­tion in P.E. any­more.

Let’s face it! If your kids are in mid­dle or high school, they’re get­ting a wa­tered-down ed­u­ca­tion in P.E. and if they’re get­ting a wa­tered-down ed­u­ca­tion in P.E., you can bet this lib­eral easy­go­ing mine set has seeped into those aca­demic class­rooms as well.

This lib­eral run state has crip­pled what was once a great ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

Cal­i­for­nia schools now rank 10th from the bot­tom among 50 states. Den­nis Tope

Te­hachapi

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