Yesterday, EdNews Parent Colorado published Aurora board drops PE grad requirement with a vote of 5-2 to eliminate health and physical education from its graduation requirements, while increasing math, science and language requirements.
In order for Colorado students to attend Colorado’s public four-year colleges or universities, students need to meet the Higher Education Admission Requirements and sometimes additional requirements that individual colleges and universities require. But students should be able to meet those requirements without removing the HS PE requisite.
Ensuring that our students get a world class education is essential, especially in this highly competitive global economy, but removing PE may not be the answer in an age when obesity is increasing and health issues related to obesity are on the rise.
Physical Education in school gives students the opportunity to be active and improves overall health while building life skills. It’s important to increase blood flow to the brain and improve circulation by getting your body moving. Just think of a typical school day where students are in a brick and mortar setting for approximately 7 hours. In elementary school, students may be able to enjoy recess once or even twice a day on top of recess after lunch, but what about HS student who don’t get that ‘outlet’ during a 7-hour stretch? Providing time for physical activity leads to better concentration and an overall feeling of a healthier you. Developing good healthy habits at a young age and a lifestyle both good for the mind and body will carry over into adulthood.
There are some students who get their fill of physical activity after school in extracurricular activities or sports, but what about those students who for whatever reason don’t have the luxury of being able to participate in an organized sport or have the support and motivation at home to encourage a healthy lifestyle?
I understand there is a funding issue, but is removing the PE requirement the answer?