Why is Physical Education So Important?
Physical education is an integral part of the total education of every child in Kindergarten through grade 12. Quality physical education programs increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime.
Improved Physical Fitness:
Improves children's muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition, and cardiovascular endurance.
Develops motor skills, which allow for safe, successful participation in physical activities.
Regular, Healthful Physical Activity:
Provides a wide-range of developmentally appropriate activities for all children.
Support of other Subject Areas:
Reinforces knowledge learned across the curriculum.
Facilitates development of student responsibility for health and fitness.
Physical activity becomes an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety.
Improved Self-confidence and Self-esteem:
Physical education instills a stronger sense of self-worth in children based on their mastery of skills and concepts in physical activty. They can become more confident, assertive, independent and self-controlled.
Quality physical education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership, cooperate with others; question actions and regulations and accept responsibility for their own behavior.
Strengthened Peer Relationships:
Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others successfully and provides opportunities to learn positive people skills.