I am a teacher and it is contract time. Lately it’s been stressful. The federal government is not required to balance its budget and has accumulated an enourmous deficit. State governments and local school districts are required to balance budgets. States are tightening their belts and education is on the chopping block this year.
Last week our school district voted to cut all specials from the elementary school in order to lessen an 8 million dollar budget deficit. “Specials” include Art, Music and Physical Education.
Art and Music are bad enough, but Physical Education in an era when childhood obesity is a problem we hear about almost daily in the news? When the percentage of overweight adults stands at 65% and the obesity rate for children stands at 25%? When study after study shows that students who participate PE on a regular basis score higher on the standardized tests that the federal government requires for No Child Left Behind? Really?
It’s hard enough to beat back the media messages of junk food and sedentary entertainment. If we don’t have the 30 minutes, twice a week to counteract those messages, how will we ever ingrain the love of a healthy lifestyle into our younger generation?
That’s why this website has become even more important to me than ever before. This is where I will continue to get the message of exercise, fitness and nutrition to you through great information and exercise and nutrition programs that I believe in. YOU can make a healthy lifestyle a priority for you and your family even if the government does not.
What are your thoughts on cuts to physical education in public schools around the country?