Sean Slade

A Gym Class Makeover?

A recent article in the Washington Post, "Shaping Up PE: The Rise in Childhood Obesity Prompts a Gym Class Makeover," highlights new physical education programs to combat obesity levels. This is all very nice, except this "new PE" has been discussed and labeled as "new" since the late 1980s.

Everything cited is great—maximum individual participation, range of locomotive skills, varying activities, engagement, fun—the only worry I have is, What are other schools doing in the name of physical education? If it was new in 1988, it is a slight worry if it's still considered new to many 20 years later.

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