Wednesday, November 30, 2016

PE Helps Academics

In a previous blog, the topic discussed was about  physical education classes being important for the health of students, yet PE class times are still being reduced, and parents are becoming concerned. School administration needs to realize that physical education classes should not be cut short or completely out of schools because it helps academics subjectively and objectively.  
Subjective Benefits
PE should not even be in the conversation of being reduced. Students cannot be expected to perform at high levels academically if their time to be physically active in school is being reduced. The longer children and teens are forced to sit and grow roots in their chairs, the harder it will be for them to bloom.2 Students need to be given that allotment of time to run around, walk around, and be physically active in order to help them succeed in the classroom. When students are not given time to be physically active, it leads to behavioral problems in the classroom.  If school administration keeps PE in schools, it will help decrease these behavior problems.  
Objective Benefits
People can make an argument on how there is no positive correlation between PE and academics, but it is hard to argue against facts that prove PE helps academics. There have been studies that prove physical activity has a direct, positive impact on academic performance. Research has also shown that after 30 minutes on the treadmill, students solve problems up to 10 percent more effectively.1 10 percent is not much, but any margin of positivity is still positive impact on academic performance. 30 minutes is not even much time to have a physical education class so just think about how much more of a positive impact 45-60 minutes of physical activity could have on academics.

As an aspiring physical educator, PE should not be reduced by any margin because physical activity aids academic performance and there are facts to prove it. Next to be discussed is what a lifetime of health consists of.
1Mercola. (2012). Physical fitness in childhood linked to higher reading and math scores. Retrieved October 24, 2016 from:
2NA. (ND). How does physical activity affect academic performance? Retrieved October 24, 2016 from:

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