It’s no secret that boys are falling behind in American education. According to the CDC, a 21 percent increase in ADHD diagnoses since 2007 is evidence of the growing need for physical activity in schools. Time Magazine reported that one in five high school boys suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Not only do children with ADHD benefit from physical activity, they also benefit from mental stimulation. As such, should schools require physical education?
PE is a part of the school health system
PE is a part of the school health system and provides students with a variety of physical activities that promote overall health and well-being. This curriculum focuses on four specific learning aspects: skill acquisition, performance evaluation, and knowledge of health and fitness. Students typically participate in group and individual activities and participate in PE classes taught by specialist teachers. The study also aimed to determine if PE classes improved school health.
The NYC DOE states that children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. School-based physical activity opportunities can provide a substantial amount of this requirement. NYC DOE’s policy is to encourage and support such physical activity opportunities while ensuring that these activities do not replace a structured PE program. Here are some tips to make the most of the school health system’s physical education program. You can start today!
It helps children regulate their behaviour
The benefits of physical education extend beyond physical fitness. Regular physical activity builds strong muscles, bones and brains. Physical activity can be a variety of activities, including aerobics, strength exercises, climbing and pushing ups. Children also learn how to better regulate their emotions and behaviour. Physical education also builds self-esteem. Physical activity helps children overcome negative emotions and social withdrawal. Therefore, it is beneficial to offer physical education to children of all abilities.
A recent study conducted in California found a positive association between children who attended a variety of physical activity programs and those who did not. Physical activity is also proven to help children focus and maintain attention. Similarly, research on children’s development has shown that physical education and physical activity programs can reduce aggression and other forms of aggression in children. Physical activity is an important part of a child’s development, and early physical education can build the foundations of good habits.