Blame the liberals for subpar P.E.
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