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While emphasizing the need for further studies on this subject, this paper presents an overview of physical education in public schools and provides insight into the growing concern about the need to upgrade the subject so that it encompasses not just physical activity, but health education as well.
From the Paper:"If the problems begin so early in childhood, even before formal education and standards of measurements are undertaken, what can or should be done to encourage physical activity, and a sort of physical ed. without a Phys. Ed. "teacher"? It becomes a family enterprise, according to many health experts, since achieving a minimum standard of fitness at any age is not an over-night occurrence. " A 1988 study by the Melpomene Institute showed that one of the three most important influences on a child's involvement in exercise and physical activity is the time parents spend doing these things with the child." Few parents have, or take, the time to do that. There may be nearby playgrounds, or excursions to parks (in a car, of course) but most families do not work on a strict physical activities schedule. And so, as the child grows and is ready for pre-school and then elementary school, most parents let school authorities regulate curricula."
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Physical Education (2006, May 28) Retrieved September 22, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/essay/physical-education-66083/
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