According to a recent article in The Frederick News-Post, Sen. Ron Young has come up with a bill that would mandate “150 minutes a week of developmentally appropriate, moderate-to-vigorous activity for all elementary students.”


All schools had that. It was called phys ed. That is, until the schools took it away.

Carol Keeney


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To the writer of this letter: Last time I checked, FCPS schools HAVE physical education. In ES, it is two times a week.


We had phys ed. It made you sleepy afterwards. Not sure it helped learning.


The kids need recess. Especially K-6. In these grades, kids need their lunch recess, and a short afternoon recess. This relieves their stress, and gives them a short chance to socialize. Most younger kids spend that time running around. So much has been lost since schools across the country have chosen to worship the Golden Calf, better known as testing.


[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] Couldn't agree more Ilrowse. What kid can sit still for an entire day, and then be expected to sit still and focus for tests? Bring back phys-ed.


Luv ya, Gabe. See my comment to cleanrunoff. Aside from that, I suspect that the structured phys ed in junior high and beyond became a stressor for some students who just didn't have the skills to perform certain things. Depending on the activity, too, it can create injuries. In my school years, phys ed was very much in force. However; the use of trampolines became banned when a student (a friend of mine) broke his back at school (when using one). I met him for lunch several years ago and he talked a little about that. He was laid up for over a year at that time and had lasting issues beyond that over that injury.

I'm not against exercise. I grew up when there were no knee pads and helmets for riding your bike and kids routinely played outside. Likely, phys ed (just like music) fell by the wayside due to supposedly budget constraints and emphasis on other issues.


How much budget is needed to open a door and have the class run outside with the teacher?


"This pill reduces class clownism 44%, with 60% less sass-mouth. The only thing more effective is regular exercise and fresh air."


cleanrunoff; a strong father in the home is an alternative. As Sinbad would say, there was no attention deficient problem when I was growing up. (Paraphrasing). :)

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llrowse, I believe you are missing my point entirely. I didn't mean to cast aspersions on single parenthood. I'm talking about parental discipline instructing their children that they need to behave, sit down in class --- that kind of thing. My parents expected us to behave in school at all times. You can better believe that we behaved. - No talking out of turn in school. And, running around the classroom was not even thought of, let alone even trying such a thing. My father was the head of the household and that's the way it was. Nobody was abused or anything life that. He wanted peace in the home, too, and he got it.


You’d be amazed how much differently kids act at school than they do at home. I don’t care if a Sgt Major is at home, drilling daily on expected school behavior, kids are going to do, what they’re going to do. Kids who are terrors at home, can be perfect at school. There is no generalization.


They replaced phys-ed with Ritalin ...

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