Persuasive Essay On Physical Education

1287 Words6 Pages
In 1956 President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued an executive order that would increase and enhance fitness programs in schools for America’s youth. When issuing this executive order the President gave a speech saying, “Recent studies, both private and public, have revealed disturbing deficiencies in the fitness of American youth; and since the youth of our Nation is one of the greatest of our assets, it is imperative that the fitness of our youth be improved and promoted to the greatest possible extent; and such fitness is the responsibility of the government at all levels, as well as the responsibility of the family, the school, the community, and other groups and organizations. . .” (Eisenhower: "Executive Order 10673—Fitness of American Youth”). This executive order created a lot of talk regarding the importance of exercise and teaching younger populations about the benefits it can have. This movement was very successful for a long period of time however; in the past few years there has been uproar with parents across the nation wanting to remove physical education programs out of schools. Many of the issues these parents are having can be resolved if the government and school districts take the time to address the conflict and explain why exercise is so important for their children. Physical education courses must stay in elementary schools because the lifestyle changes can reduce the risks of childhood obesity, and other non-communicable diseases, as well as increase
Get Access