In my opinion, I personally could not agree more with this author. Physical Education is vital in the learning place and should not be compromised when the budget is getting tight. Physical Education has an immense amount of benefits, and allows kids to settle down in a classroom setting. Bringing kids to the classroom without physical activity is only asking for trouble in the long run. The author brings up the point about "bullying" and the argument that physical education allows the mind to “reduce feelings of depression and anxiety and promotes psychological well-being.” Here we have two important points: The first, physical activity will reduce bullying, which in a sense allows for a much happier and drama free classroom setting. The second, it reduces depression and promotes psychological well being, both factors that would allow children to concentrate and pay attention better during their classroom lessons. Furthermore, the author brings up an excellent point about children's obesity levels. What good is it if our children our intelligent but can't move because they weigh 100 pounds more than they should? It seems that many members on these school boards are missing a very important point, physical education promotes health. Although physical education cannot measure up to the importance of Science or English, it still plays an important roll in the development of a "wholly-rounded" education.
Physical education is an essential part of the school curriculum that should be held to as high of a standard as math or science. In an age where about half the U.S. population is overweight, physical education needs to be stressed to the youth of this country more than ever (as well as diet). Plus as mentioned in the article exercise may help with better learning in the classroom due to increased blood flow in the body and brain. Kids get wound up when they have to sit at a desk all day. Physical activity helps in calming kids down so they can focus better in the classroom. Developing good exercise habits at a young age will promote long term health. Schools have to find a way to be able to keep Physical education in the school system. The budgets for some schools may be scarce but cuts cannot be going towards Physical education. It is just too important to go without.