Physical Education, there was a time when we didn’t even need it. Kids were naturally kids and played baseball, went swimming, enjoyed skating, softball, volleyball, soccer, badminton, horseshoes, croquet and more.
Childhood obesity is still a growing problem in the United States and isn’t just due to the long hours that kids spend sitting with eyes glued to a TV screen, computer monitor or video display, but also to the lack of good old nutrition. Schools continue to serve junk and processed foods with little or no nutritional value to children on a daily basis.
In theory, physical education was a commendable endeavor for many schools; it got kids off of the couch and outdoors in the sunlight and fresh air and kept their bodies in shape while classes and homework kept their minds in shape.
Jamie Oliver’s recent, “Food Revolution”, was a startling wake up call, for America. In its first episodes, many of us were shocked to learn that a lot of children today don’t even know what a tomato or potato looks like.
Here’s a thought: instead of physical education consistently abusing kids with hours on the hot track or inside of a stuffy gym, why not add a gardening curriculum to health and physical educations classes where kids can learn to garden. Every school could grow its’ own vegetables, fruits and grains which could be preserved, cooked and served in the same school cafeteria.