Sit down! This is P.E.
Twice this year, I received notes home that informed me that my child had refused to sit still and listen during his P.E. class. You know, GYM class.
The time when our children are supposed to get a state-mandated amount of running-around time at school, lest they grow up to be morbidly obese people who, say, sit still and listen all day. (And maybe work in five hours of TV, too.)
I know disciplining grade-school kids can be really tough for teachers, and I know my child is no angel, but I am pretty sure he’s entitled, by law, to be as active as he can be when it comes time to go to a course that exists so that children will grow up to be as active as they can be.
It’s his fourth year in school, and we’ve never had anything other than glowing reports. But this year, there is a new emphasis at his school on listening to painstakingly detailed game rules and practicing drills.
As one very talented soccer fanatic boy I know recently shared, “They actually found a way to make soccer boring!”
Are teachers now so attentive to getting our kids into shape that they are implementing rules and curricula that make it necessary for kids to hear lectures about how fitness is awesome, while getting almost no opportunity to get physically fit?
What a mistake. To sit and listen in their academic classes, kids need time to run like banshees. Or they’re going to be pure terrors when they get back to reading and math.
The solution? “If he won’t sit still,” I wrote, “you could try having him run around first.”
I’d love to hear what’s going on in other P.E. classes. What are your thoughts?