physical education

IL’s ambassador of physical education

Originally published Aug. 5, 2018 in the Lancaster News.

Coach Honeycutt travels the country spreading his passion

By Hal Millard

Jerry Honeycutt is on a quest, determined to turn the notion of public-school physical education on its ear.

In an era when schools are placing increased emphasis on areas such as math, science and technology to help build a competitive future workforce, PE classes may often be overlooked and undervalued – perhaps even eliminated entirely. But according to Honeycutt, head PE coach at Indian Land High School, physical education can be so much more than kids idly shooting baskets in the gym, the occasional softball game, and an easy A. Read More

PE program

McFarland football coach making impact off the field by putting education first, implementing PE program for school district

Originally published July 26 in the Bakersfield Record.

By Gene Garaygordobil

Most people know Casey Quinn as the head football coach at McFarland High School.

But entering his second season leading the Cougar program, he talks more about what’s happening off the field than what he expects in his inaugural season in the South Sequoia League. Like the K-12 physical education program he is helping to implement as a PE teacher in the McFarland Unified School District. Read More

physical activity

Government Plans a Review of Children’s Physical Activity at School

Originally published June 25, 2018 in schoolsweekUK.

By Alix Robertson

Schools’ efforts to engage their least active pupils in physical activities will be reviewed by the government as it embarks on the second phase of its childhood wellness plan.

The second, published today, reveals that the government is to work across departments “to review how the least active children are being engaged in physical activity in and around the school day”, and will “consider how the primary PE and sport premium is being used.” Read More

Let’s Get Physical

Published July 13, 2018 in the Mail and Guardian.

Commentary

By Michael Mthethwa

The days of developing gross and fine motor skills in children by letting them climb trees or helping them to make kites are long gone. So too are games in the park and walks on the beach — leaving a trail of digitally focused teenagers who otherwise get little or no exercise, and so don’t develop the skills and stamina to keep them fit in later life.

Part of the problem, it seems, is the fact that physical education was removed from the South African schools’ curriculum in 1994 and only reintroduced 19 years later in 2013 as part of the new national curriculum. Read More

Healthy mind and body

Division of Student Life courses aim to support students’ mental and physical well-being

Originally published July 2, 2018 by MIT News

By Kollin Wasserlein

A group of students sit in a circle, their eyes closed, and their legs crossed. Upon the instructor’s words, they breathe in, and then out in harmony.

Deep breathing exercises are probably not the first thing that comes to mind when one imagines a “physical education” class. More likely, one would recall a vertical rope climb, the PACER test, or the perils of high school dodgeball. At MIT, however, physical education aims to be holistic and supportive of students’ mental and physical well-being. Read More