PE: Not Enough, Little Structure, Few Resources
Almost all educators (98%) said their schools offer PE, but 43% of educators and 32% of parents said PE at their schools is inadequate. Of those educators, most said that not enough time is devoted to PE and that it should be offered daily and throughout the school year.
- “Physical education is not structured and not enough time is put into the importance and understanding that adequate exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. The earlier this message is instilled, the more likely they will remain active and healthy later in life. Too much emphasis is put on academics, even though … many studies [show that] adequate exercise and health play a very important role in academics.”
- “Kids are not taught important things such as nutrition, staying active in the winter, making working out fun.”
- “I would like more open space to take my students outside and explore how to play outside. We don’t have open fields or a space to play a soccer game, or a tag game. … We also do not have a lot of equipment or a curriculum. That goes for our health program, too. I use KidsHealth, which is a great resource and I am happy to use it, I just wish there were more things I could add to the PE/health program for my students.”
Some parents who said their school’s PE programs are inadequate agreed with educators that not enough time was spent on the subject.
- “The girls regularly don’t participate … many students don’t even change out of their clothes and into uniforms.”
- “Kids are playing dodgeball or stacking cups as part of physical education instead of having gymnastics or participating in track and field.”