Physical Education In Schools…As Important As Any Other Mainstream Subject?!
People often assume that physical education in schools is sport education only; however, it’s much more than this. Physical education is a process of learning through physical activities. Yes, these activities are designed to improve fitness, but also to develop motor skills, knowledge and behaviour of healthy and active living, sportsmanship, and emotional intelligence. Simply put, physical education is not only aimed at physical development but also includes the development of the individual as a whole!
Whether you become a teacher, stockbroker, lawyer or social worker, everyone has a need for an education in health and fitness and this should be strongly encouraged at school. Without knowing how to exercise and what constitutes a balanced diet, we’re putting ourselves at risk of the effects of a plethora of health related issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and obesity. No matter what your background and what your profession, we all have a body to take care of right?!
Why is it then that Physical education is often seen as less important than other subjects and sometimes postponed in order to catch up with those same subjects?! With almost a third of children overweight or obese in the UK, the obesity time bomb is ticking and getting faster. NHS England said £16 billion a year is spent on the direct medical costs of diabetes and conditions related to being overweight or obese. Research indicates that these figures are still yet to rise further and that lives are shortened by as much as nine years, due to the associated health problems. Some health experts even believe we’ll soon see parents outliving their children.
So whilst we still insist on teaching our children Pythagoras’ theorem or learning the periodic table, which arguably is beneficial to only a few, it may not be essential! On the contrary, understanding what’s required to fuel and take care of our body is a must for everyone, and we should encourage our children to understand that as soon as possible in order for them to live long enough to be able to use Pythagoras’ theorem!