ERIC Number: ED231782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
"We Have Met the Enemy and He Is US!"...Pogo.
Stein, Julian U.
The average elementary or secondary school physical education program has several elements or aspects which should be critically examined. School gym classes rely on routine and uninteresting activities which do not incorporate innovations in motor activities and movement experiences. However, programs designed to meet the needs of special students have gradually found their way into regular programs. These, instead of the regular programs, have become the pace setters for the profession. The average physical education teacher does not regularly attend conferences and conventions where new ideas are expounded, and the majority of physical educators do not belong to professional associations and do not subscribe to their newsletters and journals. Physical fitness and vigorous physical activities are not emphasized in the average physical education program, nor is the average physical education program based on instructional, educational, and developmental factors. There is also a lack of balance in curriculum selections offered to students. Recommendations are made for improvement, with emphasis on the college preparation of physical education teachers. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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