ERIC Number: ED120111
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Feb-22
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Sex Equality in Physical Education and Athletics.
Burkett, Lucille M.
Title IX legislated, among other things, equal educational opportunities for boys and girls in physical education. Although there are many practices which discriminate against girls' sports, and it is important to correct these, Title IX really calls for a fundamental change in all physical education programs to give each individual child the best possible opportunities for acquiring motor skills. Children need varied kinds of movement for both psychological and physical reasons. Male coaches too often teach a limited range of sports based on the sports they engaged in in college, while women gym teachers have frequently had too little exposure to competitive sports. A balance between the two is needed. Furthermore, in theory, physical education instruction for all is the main concern, with interscholastic competition an additional component. In practice, however, less emphasis is given to providing an instructional program geared to the needs of all students. Change is clearly necessary, and teachers must be involved in the change process, both in terms of devising a framework for a new curriculum and in examining the basic goals in their programs. Instructors should realize how crucial it is for people to learn to move effectively, since life cannot proceed without movement, and to upgrade their physical education programs according to the requirements of Title IX. (CD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Amendments 1972; Title IX Education Amendments 1972