• July 23, 2021

What’s wrong with the word ‘physical’?

Physical education and science teachers are often expected to show up on time for their classes, but not always. 

A new book by the University of Exeter’s Professor Mark Dibb is challenging the way teachers are taught, and how they are expected to interact with their students.

The new book, Caduceus: How Physical Education Can Lead to Academic Achievement, is being published by Cambridge University Press.

Professor Dibs book is about a young woman who is studying physical education at university, and is surprised to discover she doesn’t really have a clue about physical education. 

In the book, the woman discovers that physical education has been taught by people who don’t know anything about science. 

This is an incredibly challenging and impressive book, and I found it extremely moving. 

One of the key points is the author goes to great lengths to demonstrate that physical teachers can learn from their students, but this is not always the case. 

The author shows that physical educators can be very helpful to their students but they also can be quite irresponsible in the classroom. 

When the author has a student in her class, she is often taught to take her eyes off the screen and listen. 

She does this to avoid having the student stare at the screen, or to make sure the student has enough space to look at the teacher. 

If the student is in her seat for more than two minutes, the teacher is not expected to listen. 

 The book ends with the author stating that this is not to say that physical education is worthless, but that physical instructors need to be more sensitive to students’ needs. 

For example, if a student needs to look out for their eyes, or they are afraid of the teacher, they can simply ask the teacher to bring the child back to the screen. 

These are examples of physical education in action, which are really what physical education should be about. 

Read more about the book on the Oxford English Dictionary. 

Professor Dibbs book comes on the heels of another book published by the University of Cambridge. 

Dr James Ackerly published a book in the New York Times about the way he teaches physics. 

James Ackerly said that the key difference between his book and Dr Dibbing’s is that Dr Ackerlys book has a very high impact on the student. 

I really felt that James Ackerley’s book had a really big impact, but also a little bit of a little dismissiveness about physics.

I think the fact that James Acherley is a physics educator is very important, because he is so well-known. 

But what is important is that there is a lot of opposition from teachers who think that they know everything about physics.

The key is the difference between the classroom and the laboratory. 

As Dr Dibby is saying, physical education is not a lab, it is a school. 

Teachers should be trained to be more responsive to their students. 

We mustn’t get caught up in the misconceptions about physical education that are being spread by people like Dr Dribb. 

It is important for us to make the assumption that physical teachers do have a big role in academic academia, so we don’t have to have the conversation about what physical educators should be doing. 

You can download CADuceus from the Cambridge University Press page here. Enjoy!