Wednesday, May 21, 2008

NO TIME FOR CHILDHOOD

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VALERIE STRAUSS, WASHINGTON POST Thirty students file into the gym of Montgomery County's largest elementary school. Each grabs a pedometer, and, to the strains of "Cotton-Eye Joe," starts to jump and stretch, twist and balance, roll and crab walk.

For almost an hour, teacher Cindy Lins keeps them moving. Then the pedometers are checked, and the energy output assessed. Fourteen students have gone as far as a half-mile. Many are breathing harder than when they came in, rating a "moderate."

The fitness class at Spark M. Matsunaga Elementary School in Germantown is an innovation, although it might not look like it. As schools are thwarted by mandates and lack of money in their efforts to offer more physical education, they are trying to offer better physical education. At Matsunaga, the focus is on fitness, not competitive sports. Students are taught that aerobic activity helps physically and mentally. "It helps get rid of our excess energy and makes it easier to focus in class," said Jonathon Bateky, 11. . .

Today there are programs built around standards set by states and school systems. In Maryland, six physical education standards were approved in 2006: exercise physiology, biomechanics, social-psychological principles, motor learning, physical activity and skillfulness.

4 Comments:

At May 21, 2008 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At May 22, 2008 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Life coach?" Seriously?

 
At May 23, 2008 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Life coach. Seriously.

Are you a foreigner 10:38? I would expect any American to be well-aquainted with this country's basic principle: idiots with too much money are easily parted from it. It is, after all, the entire basis of our economy.

 
At May 23, 2008 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh. No, I'm American, but I do live in rural Nebraska. Maybe I need to get out more, or make friends with the idle rich.

 

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