Physical education is just as important as any other school subject

Originally published Oct. 3, 2018 by The Conversation.

By Andrew Sprake And Clive Palmer

Physical education (PE) is often viewed as a marginal subject within the curriculum. And many secondary schools actively reduce PE time to make way for what are deemed more “serious” or “important” subjects.

Research from the Youth Sport Trust shows that 38% of English secondary schools have cut timetabled PE for 14- to 16-year-olds. One of the main reasons for this is the increased pressure to produce exam results. Much of the time pupils would usually spend in PE lessons is now spent receiving extra tutoring on topics other than PE. Read More

Wasilla High School physical education teacher honored by Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

Originally published Sept. 19, 2018 in the Frontiersman.

By Jacob Mann

Susan Allen has only taught at Wasilla High School. That’s where she plans to end her tenure, perhaps in six years but she’s isn’t sure yet. On Monday, the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary presented Allen with their annual Rotary Teacher of the Year Award for her countless hours invested in the classroom and on the field.

“It’s just remarkable what she’s done for this school over the years,” Susitna Sunrise Rotary Past President Dan Kennedy said. “It’s wonderful.” Read More

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Revamped PE program impacts entire school

Originally published July 9, 2018 in the Cottage Grove Sentinel.

By Zach Silva

At Waldo Elementary School in Salem, principal Tricia Nelson wanted more from the PE program.

Year after year she saw the same games being played and a thought kept coming back to her: will students know how to be in shape without the assistance of team sports? What happens when they are no longer in school?

“How do you take care of yourself when it’s just you?” she asked in a phone interview on Monday. Read More

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Why Physical Education Is Necessary For Every Student

Originally published July 6, 2018 by

Students get a lot of benefits from physical education classes. P.E. classes can help students to become more aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The students can also retain a higher level of knowledge as a result of the overall health. This knowledge can help them to make wise decisions concerning their safety, health, and wellbeing. Read More

Students awarded for physical education achievements

Originally published Sept. 7, 2017 by Fox 5 Atlanta.

By: Portia Bruner

 – At Rivers Elementary School in northwest Atlanta, physical education is much more than a class. It’s a lifestyle that PE teachers Julie Chartier and Lisa Thibou reinforce every moment their students spend in the gym.

“It’s kind of like the mindset. Like, this is what you are, this is not something just for PE. This is how you’re supposed to take care of yourself throughout life,” veteran APS PE instructor Lisa Thibou told FOX 5’s Portia Bruner.

While the classes are physically rigorous, often looking and sounding like an adult boot camp, the students told Bruner they wouldn’t have it any other way.

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