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Physical Education IS Necessary!

Original post made by Julie, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Mar 29, 2009

With all the talk about budget cuts I have heard people saying that "P.E." should be the first to go. Many people at this very website have stated that it's "not necessary". I have known that physical education is important to learning, but couldn't articulate why. I just returned from a conference and wanted to share some references regarding why physical education/movement is so important to include in our schools. Rather than me preaching about it, you can look up these researchers if you are interested. The lecturer also shared an anecdote that in Texas they had done away with P.E. in a school district. They recently reinstated it and guess what...the reading and math test scores went up exponentially! While I was away, my husband happened to talk to a mom who noticed that her son does better in school when he is actively playing soccer on a team. P.E. is not just about staying fit physically, it's about supporting your brain! Enjoy:

What Researchers Have to Say About
Movement and Cognition:
• Dr. Robert Sylwester: Movement facilitates cognition.
• Eric Jensen: Motor skills are fundamental to learning.
• Howard Gardner: Bodily Kinesthetic is one of eight
multiple intelligences.
• Carla Hannaford: 85% of school-age children are
kinesthetic learners.
• Ruby Payne: Most children in poverty seem to rely upon
their kinesthetic abilities to learn.
• Peter Kline: Physical activity increases NR2B protein that
increases memory retention.
• Pat Wolfe: The brain is hardwired for rhyme, rhythm,
movement, and emotion.
• Germund Hesslow (Cerebellum Research) What makes us
move, is also what makes us think.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Get rid of PE, get rid of FOREIGN LANGUAGE...Budget problems solved.

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Posted by Lucky Guy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 30, 2009 at 8:24 am

Lucky Guy is a registered user.

We have alot of chubby kids. I think P.E. is important but it has to be taught seriously. I look at some of the P.E. classes at the schools and it looks like a social session. I see our nation in decline on all fronts---physical fitness and it's importance in education is not THE cause---just one of the many signs of a nation in decay. You want to get rid of a time wasting budget buster--get rid of the DARE program. Takes up valuable teaching time and kids will tell you it is a waste.....There are school districts out there that are efficiently operated-there is no need to reinvent, just look around the country.

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Posted by schnorres
a resident of Amador Estates
on Mar 30, 2009 at 9:50 am

schnorres is a registered user.

the idiot who said to get rid of foreign language is so onerous and stubborn it makes me sick the point of those classes is for the student s to actually be bale to get into good colleges and universities who , by the way, don't accept students who haven't completed at least two years of a language already


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