School begins in the south. Maybe a new book, an old friend, a new shirt. Pencils, Chromebooks, markers, notebooks. And all of this leads to a class synonymous with fear for many: the gym.
Gymnastics has been an integral part of training since ancient Greece, when military training was required. But it wasn’t until later that people started thinking about the problems scientists faced as a result of their presence. And since the Enlightenment and the writings of many scholars in the early 18th century, exercise has been part of a treatment program for mental illness.
Looking back at some of the earliest initiatives in physical education in America, history professor Rebecca R. Noel writes:
The use of liver and lung stimulation increases the priority of students and teachers. Besides, education, of course.” ” quality, heating and gas in schools thei.” protect students’ health, studying physiology can teach you how to take care of your own health.”
One commentator on Noel’s remarks noted that there are concerns about modern passive societies – like the Enlightenment, “the time in history when suddenly there were so many passive and intelligent people” that there were very few . . . .
Given the extensive research done in the past few decades on children’s brain development and its relationship to motor systems, such as the vestibular system in the ear, promoting physical activity seems to serve schools a valuable purpose. For example, schools that experimented with “reduced seat policies” and allowed more activities in the classroom found that students not only learned better and retained information longer, but were less stressed and less tired at the end of the day They found that the tiin the snowflake. tiin the snowflake. tiin the snowflake.
But we destroyed it all. Too many children are afraid and too few get the education they are promised.
The problem is not limited to fitness, many other factors seem to contribute to fitness failure: it is the emphasis on physical activity and active lifestyles that for at least two decades (in the US) abstract thinking is BMI or , assigned to a metric such as route repeatability or; and society is ripe for slander and scandal.
A landmark report on Texas Fitness Now, a 5-year-old program to reduce childhood obesity and type II diabetes, identifies, among other things, the reasons for the failure of the program.
Many creative teachers everywhere are talking about the social aspects of physical education classes. In one presentation, physical education teacher Sherri Spelic asked her adult audience to reflect on their memories of gym class:
Parents are really confused to ask this question. I know that PE can have terrible consequences for some elementary school. I’m sorry, but this is a very common situation: embarrassment, danger of bodies, serious emotional damage. At the same time, creating the power of teaching and learning, it is a deliberate power imbalance, A repeated emphasis on competition and status and the elimination of students who do not follow certain rules of the game is symbolized everywhere.
I recently spoke with Spelik, who described philosophy as “an important social space with physical benefits.” Teachers should create an environment where children are motivated to learn and not afraid of the classroom. Children will not learn if they are filled with fear, he said.
A report from the Texas program cited several instances of “bullying” during interviews, particularly in the locker room, and a significant reduction in academic performance during their stay. The reason they speak in gym class is because:
The report’s authors concluded that the program failed because it did not show significant improvement in measures such as BMI or obesity, and that additional physical education time did not produce the desired educational outcomes.
But, as Spelich notes, the success of physical education for each student depends mainly on the first social attitude of the teacher, how the student is treated by his peers. Increasing PE time will not improve student life if PE time remains disruptive.
“What’s wrong with exercise? If you love what you do, you’ll do it again,” said a university PE teacher. Spelich himself works in sports psychology and is interested in intrinsic motivation: what do students want to learn?
Of all the tools I’ve seen, three things keep coming up – a lack of investment and focus on measurables, a lack of understanding that exercise is a social space, and associating exercise with athletic ability. , all of which overlap. Eliminating the possibility of exercise problems. “Once upon a time, in IP,
An anonymous blogger who has been a PE teacher for over 20 years wrote a post this year that exposed the defenses of people like me who never got better, or years of loss and shame that seemed like a burden. Engaging in organized sports and fitness instructors that promote a happy and healthy relationship with your body will undoubtedly benefit you.
Perhaps the hardest thing, and closest to what Spelik told me, is to think that the only protection that needs to be maintained in PE is physical:
The key to progress in sports is children’s willingness to take risks and adventure, but this is strongly influenced by the stimulating environment created by their peers. For exercise to be a safe place, I need to minimize physical, social and emotional risks.
It may be hard to think of social power as an important fitness factor, but it seems to be on the rise. Children will not learn if they are filled with fear, and they will not learn if they are in an unreliable environment.
As with all other subjects, we need to move away from useless tests and metrics and focus first on things that build children’s confidence and motivation. I may not like soccer (I do!), but I’m good at badminton; Tai is not a good runner, but likes to hike. The only reason public education doesn’t encourage the growth of all kinds of talents and interests: It leaves economic policymakers with scary numbers because they feel they can’t control them.
I’ve never been to a gym that feels like such a welcoming place, where kids’ strengths are nurtured and their struggles met with kindness and grace. But more teachers seem to be trying to make the class a success. Physical education can have a scary future.