Academic journal article VAHPERD Journal

Past President's Message

Academic journal article VAHPERD Journal

Past President's Message

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Advocacy is extremely important to our profession, and the best advocacy comes through quality programs. It has to be added, however, that the worst publicity is terrible programs. As I move around schools, I see too many physical education programs that have extremely questionable activities and games; elimination games, low participation games, relays, and dodge ball are still popular among many elementary physical education teachers and about the only thing classroom teachers offer during physical education. I also see many individuals spending considerable time on what they term "integrated physical education activities" that are actually low participation games and activities designed to teach academic subjects; there is little movement with the emphasis on cognitive gains in language arts, science, math, or social studies rather than physical education objectives.

To advocate, we must have quality programs and quality programs have nearly all the students moving nearly all the time. …

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