As a future physical educator, I’ve learned the very importance of physical education while studying for my degree, but even more so with the involvement with my students. The truth of the matter is physical education class is vital to any student’s success in the future. In the early grades, we go over key motor skill and development tasks. As we progress through the grades, we target other more in-depth skills, such as strategy and cooperative games, that incorporate these fundamental motor skills.
This direction can be associated with our National Association of Sport and Physical Education standards, but more importantly, teach students how to participate in a variety of skills. Other than these tasks, we also can associate physical fitness with fun and positive experiences, by offering our students a chance to expand in their imagination and creativity. These are also vital skills that teach students to come up with their ideas and to adapt to different environments, as they will need to do these tasks daily. The physical education class is the only place that can allow such a dramatic and dynamic learning atmosphere.
The main reason clubs and other various programs do not and will not ever be able to fulfill the skills learned in our physical education class is because they are all based on specificity training. Specificity training is when clubs, memberships, etc. train children and adolescence to be particularly good at one skill. For example, swimming memberships specifically would train students to only be proficient in in-water activities. However, it is common knowledge that a majority of physical fitness happens outside the water rather than in it. While I find the program to be of great value for those who want to go on to swim competitively, it does not teach the motor skills …Read More