Lee Central High School’s Wallace teaches physical education, exceptionally

Originally published Feb. 5 in The Sumpter Item.

By Angela Crosland

Research reveals that physical activity is 4.5 times lower for children and youth with disabilities compared to their peers. That is certainly not the case for Teriann Nash’s class of 11 exceptional students at Lee Central High School.

For 45 minutes each day, physical and drivers education teacher George Wallace leads the students in a rigorous workout catered to their individual physical abilities. For one, it may be standing, for another it may be jumping and yet another it may be moving every part of the body. There are also a few other benefits, says Nash, who teaches the class with the assistance of Melinda Carraway and Patricia Witherspoon. 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