Let's Ban Team Sports From Gym Class
Jessica Olien: Why must exercise be competitive?
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 10, 2013 11:16 AM CDT
Do we really need team sports in school?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Yes, kids need their exercise during the school day—but team sports are an unnecessary and potentially scarring way to get it, argues Jessica Olien. She tried hard as a kid in PE, but "the culmination of each class was the annihilation of my self-confidence," she writes at Slate. "We should have been learning about how complicated and capable our bodies were ... Instead we were playing dodgeball," she notes. "The lesson I was learning about my physical body was that it was useless."

Those who back the presence of team sports in gym class will tell you they help kids learn their role in a group—and that was true for Olien, who learned her role "was similar to that of the elderly antelope with a gimpy leg on a nature program." What's more, the sports don't even get kids moving much: An hour of gym class translates into 16 minutes of real exercise, a 2006 study says. Physical activity needn't be competitive: How about having kids run, but not as part of a race? Let's teach them "about what they can do rather than what they can't." Click through for the full piece.

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cheerocc
May 23, 2013 3:08 PM CDT
why do i get the feeling that Jessica Olien is fat? the first one out of dodgeball everytime. the one that get picked last.
123Och32
May 16, 2013 8:02 PM CDT
Begin with banning football from all the public schools and colleges.
Endorphins
May 14, 2013 10:30 AM CDT
So many walls of text in the comments. That will never be read :) Valuable minutes of people's lives, wasted away on pointless paragraphs. Have a good day