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ERIC Number: EJ782710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0013-5984
The Increasing Utility of Elementary School Physical Education: A Mixed Blessing and Unique Challenge
Kretchmar, R. Scott
Elementary School Journal, v108 n3 p161-170 Jan 2008
Recent attention to the childhood obesity and inactivity epidemics in the United States would seem to bode well for public school physical education. I argue that it is actually a mixed blessing. Its effect is mixed because it presents physical activity as an obligation or duty. This stands in stark contrast to movement in the broader liberal arts tradition--that is, as a joy that more adorns one's life than adds further obligations. Most physical educators currently attempt to mix the two by providing health-oriented exercise and activity programs that are, for lack of a better term, fun. I suggest that it is difficult, for both theoretical and practical reasons, to thusly serve 2 masters. I recommend that the joy-focused, play-oriented mission receive priority attention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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