Making Public School PE Meaningful

Share

Question: I am in high school and really am bored with PE. All we do is run or play some games and it is just a useless joke and waste of time. Could you send some suggestions to the teacher to give him some ideas about how to make it more interesting?
Answer: Public school PE is Physical Education which is supposed to teach you how to use these amazing bodies God created and how to care for them and keep them running well for as many years as you are alive. You don’t think about it now, but 50 to 60 years from now you don’t want to be on a long list of medications or waiting for body part replacements just to function minimally. The typical PE class is filled with a majority of kids who would rather do something else and be somewhere else so the teacher has his hands full of non-motivated kids from the beginning. It is not required except for one semester but the high school kids all would benefit both physically and mentally from a daily 20 to 30 minute circuit routine at least three times a week to break up the study day. The way the teaching schedule is set up with the block system you have 90 minutes to fill and that is tough for a teacher.
You should learn all you can about how your body responds to exercise and what you should eat and drink most of the time to be healthy both inside and out. Find some games you and your friends like that involve large groups of people and make suggestions to the teacher. Motivate your peers to participate which makes it more fun.
One possible game is 5 man Whiffle ball. There are five people on each team, 2 bases and home plate with 2 outs per inning and 3 innings. It is fast and could be broken into teams for a tournament.
The best local PE program I know of is at BCA (Burlington Christian Academy) and is run by retired Army sergeant Wayne Cobbler. Their are 20 kids who come to Body Unlimited each Monday and Thursday for an hour to train. They workout with a new routine each week. It makes them familiar with gym equipment, proper exercises for each body part and how to do those exercises correctly. Tuesday they run a cross-country course. Wednesday they play organized games and Friday they swim at the aquatics center. Students learn how to log training routines and keep track of their progress. They have courses on food and healthy eating as well. It would be difficult to organize an extensive routines like that in public schools but it could be done with enough push and coordination between various facilities, the physical fitness professionals and teachers in our county.
4th Rocket Fuel Workout:

  1. Plyo Pushups. 10
  2. Pullups 5
  3. Flutterkicks 50
  4. Dead rows 10.
  5. Repeat for 20 minutes

God bless and keep training,
Daryl

Share