Monday, September 22, 2014
Why A Physically Fit Student Is Important For Academic Achievement.
One of the things I noticed that in many of the academically poorly preforming high schools how out of shape many of the high school students looked. When I covered a physical education class as a second teacher I would observe that half of the students wouldn't bother to exercise or participate in the activities that the physical education teacher planned. In fact, a substantial number of these students didn't even bother to change into their gym clothes but sat on the bleachers and talked to each other. Worse, is that many of the Bloomberg small high schools have inadequate or no gym space and the State requirements are routinely violated and ignored by the DOE, with no consequences from the State.
I blame this on the school administration who allow students not to participate or even dress for physical education and then pressures the teacher to pass them anyway. Is it any wonder many of these students look the way they do?
By contrast, in academically performing schools, every student is required to participate in gym. For the students at these schools not only do they dress for gym and are required to participate in the activities but goals are set for each student to meet. By the time the school year is over, many of the students are physically fit which translates into a better body image, alertness in the classroom, and better grades.
If schools are really serious in improving academically then they must require all students to meet the physical education standards that they have ignored for years by the DOE. Otherwise, look for continued academic failure as these out of shape students fall asleep in class and stay unfocused while doing poorly on tests.If it really is "students first" then start with improving their physical fitness.