• December 1, 2021

How to Improve Your Physical Education in a Big Way

By John H. Sperry, USA TODAY • August 29, 2019 07:45:16More than 300,000 students in U.S. schools are at risk for serious physical illnesses or disabilities.

And while they are required to take physical education classes, many parents and teachers are not aware that the curricula they teach their children have no link to the risks of these illnesses and disabilities.

The Associated Press and the U.K.’s Guardian have published a series of stories about how physical education is often misunderstood and misrepresented in schools, with the goal of raising awareness about the health risks associated with physical education.

In an online series, Guardian reporter John Hesselman interviewed parents and educators who have taught physical education for decades.

His stories reveal that many students in physical education are at greatest risk of serious physical illness, including:In this series, Hesselmans explores the risks students face when teaching physical education in schools and how physical teachers can be better equipped to respond to students’ needs.

In this video, Hetherington talks about the challenges students face in learning physical education and the benefits of using a more integrated approach.

Read more about physical education:• How to prepare for physical education at your next event• Physical education for the 21st century: From theory to practice• Why students should take physical school• How much physical education do you need?• Physical school for kids with a disability• Why physical education helps prevent heart disease• What are the key lessons students learn in physical school?• How physical education affects students’ emotional well-being• How many students do physical education activities at home?• Is physical education harmful?• What should teachers know about physical school, and what can parents do to make sure their kids are receiving the right level of physical education?

Read more stories from the Guardian:• ‘I just want my kids to learn how to take care of themselves’: Parents of young children who suffer from chronic illnesses• How schools can teach physical education to students with intellectual disabilities• ‘My kid is a doctor’: Parents in Australia say they can’t afford physical education• The importance of physical learning for students with special needs