Mandatory Physical Education I

1699 Words Oct 16th, 1999 7 Pages
Current high school students are becoming fatter, slower, and less motivated than past students. Many of these young people would prefer to be sitting passively in front of the television rather than to do something physically active. Most high school students believe they do not have sufficient time, opportunity or guidance to participate in physical activities. The ideal place in which students would be able to find adequate time, opportunity and guidance are in the high schools themselves. Politicians and educators responsible for the mandatory physical education program at the junior high school levels (grades eight to ten) should be applauded for this, but frowned upon for not enforcing it on senior high school students (grades 11 …show more content…
If these skills are not learned at a young age then it is the responsibility of high schools to teach how to develop and apply these skills. Communication skills are essential in many aspects of life because it may be the determining factor in a job interview or just in casual conversation with a friend. "If students are not taught social skills they often become self- conscious and shy in social contacts" (Hartmann, 1982, p.22). If play skills are not developed early then they will are usually not developed at all. This could be a factor which effects social behavior of teenagers and could contribute to delinquency, social and family problems. Students with these problems usually lack social skills which serve as being part of group contacts. Symptoms of this may be visible nervousness and general lack of confidence during conversations with others. More importantly, physical activity allows students the opportunity to relieve stress and enjoy themselves.

Physical education provides a combination of physical, intellectual and social challenges that other subjects such as physics may not provide. Although the physical aspect is the most dominant, it is not necessarily the most important. Sports such as basketball, volleyball and hockey help in developing and refining gross motor skills and improve coordination. Muscular strength and endurance are also enhanced, while flexibility is also improved through the participation of sports. As you may already know, sport is