Exercise in School is Important
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Educators should be focused on exercise as much as reading, writing and arithmetic. That's the finding of a new report from the Institute of Medicine.
Students may need to break a typicalschool rule--get up from their desks and give in to their natural impulse to move around. The Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide students with an hour of exercise every day, not just for health, but for the sake of their grades.
"Children need physical activity to optimize health, development and academic performance." The "No Child Left Behind Act" passed in 2001, put a greater emphasis on math and reading. As a result, forty-four percent of school principals say they've cut back on physical education.
But, according to the Institute of Medicine--grades haven't improved. The solution, experts say, is to put physical activity back in schools. "Any time there's a class after P.E., the kids are more on task, and they're more focused. That's a good thing."
Gym class isn't the only answer. The experts are calling for a "whole school" approach to getkids moving. This includes teaching teachers how to incorporate physical activities into Math, Science and English classes. Their health, and increasingly their grades, depend on it.