P.E. IS NOT OK
Texas is making a big and well-meaning effort to boost student fitness via physical education. Alas, a scholarly review of Texas Fitness Now found it not only didn’t improve fitness, it actually caused more problems, such as truancy and bad behavior.
The difficulty with most P.E., a study co-author told The Atlantic, is that it’s too simplistic, and kids see it as ridiculous. The program may have important goals, but the kids don’t see the goals; they just see that they’re being made to run around a track.
Effective P.E. would need more substance: not just “gym class” but also lessons in such subjects as nutrition, parenting, and time for unstructured play.