Commentary: Utah students and teachers need real middle school health, PE and art

Originally published Aug. 8 in the Salt Lake Tribune.

By Tim Pettus

During an interview on KSL radio August 8, Utah State Board of Education member Linda Hansen stated, “instead of having a separate class for PE, they may integrate health/PE type issues into other classes that they have.”

Is Hansen implying that overworked classroom teachers will happily take on more work and teach a subject they did not study in college, are not qualified to teach, and most likely don’t want to teach?