By next school year, most districts in Franklin County will let students bypass gym class if they play a sport or participate in marching band or cheerleading.
Public school yoga instructor Katie Campbell proudly looks out at 23 first graders as they contain their squirming in a kid-friendly version of the lotus position.
Perhaps play is not the opposite of work, but synonymous with it. This theory is emerging from a growing body of scientific evidence, reviewed here by the University of Georgia, showing education is not the same as disinterested drudgery: For children and adults, "play is an important mediator for learning and socialization throughout life."
A report by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the American Heart Association has found that while nearly 75 percent of states require physical education in elementary through high school, over half of states permit students to substitute other activities for their required physical education credit, or otherwise fail to mandate a specific amount of instructional time.
Although freshmen in Columbia public high schools might walk alongside upperclassmen in the hallways next year, they might not have a chance to participate in physical education classes with sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Nearly 3,000 Massachusetts students suffered a concussion or other head injury while playing sports during the last school year, according to the results of a first-of-its-kind survey completed by 164 schools.
The Carroll County Board of Education plans to further discuss eliminating the half-credit high school requirement of a second gym class at its Oct. 10 meeting.
Quincy Public Schools' physical education class requirements fall short of National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) guidelines, according to a recent University of Georgia study.