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Had a thoughtful conversation over the holiday weekend. There were 3 states represented (all treat gym classes differently) plus a couple of private schools. A wide variety of opinions were expressed, so thought I'd continue it here. This is a largely an academic group, so some may prefer their kid had the time during the school day to take another AP class rather than 'waste' the school day playing games, etc.
Should p.e. classes be required? (If so, how much?) graded? (If so, how?) count toward the GPA? (If it's counted toward the GPA wouldn't colleges remove it for their GPA calculations, making some of the argument against counting it a nonissue?) If music is graded and counts toward the GPA, why not p.e. class? Should these classes be considered a stress-reliever for the kids or should it be a "crack the whip and work until your tongue is hanging out" course? Maybe it shouldn't even be offered. Maybe we should spend those dollars elsewhere in the curriculum. Does the school (and therefore the phys. ed. program) play a role in the battle against obesity, certain cancers, diabetes, heart disease, etc? Can you really make the proverbial horse drink? What responsibility does the school have in preparing students with regard to health and fitness?