Schools in Europe devote 1 to 3 hours per week to physical education. Doctors warn that this is much too little. Statistics clearly demonstrate that societies in which physical education gets less time and attention in the school curriculum suffer from more spinal defects and flat foot, and are generally less healthy and more disease prone. Still, lots of pupils, especially girls, treat the obligation to engage in games and other kinds of physical activity as a sophisticated torture.
At the same time, professional sports shows gather millions of fans in stadiums and in front of the TV sets, all over the world. Sport has inevitably become business. Being one of the most profitable forms of mass entertainment, it offers is stars enormous fees- athletes like Carl
Lewis or Sergiej Bukka get up to 500,000 dollars for merely participating in a sport meeting. Prizes for the winners in the most spectacular competitions, such as the 100 m race, and for record breakers, vary from expensive cars to a 1 kg gold-bar. Football, hockey, basketball matches raise violent emotions and often result in fights, or even battles between the fans of the opposite teams. How many of these fans never engage in any other physical activity but these fights? How many sport fans confine themselves to enjoying sports events on the TV screen, sitting comfortably in their armchairs?
However, it must be admitted that in many developed countries sport and fitness have also become a fashion. People jog, play squash or tennis, attend aerobic classes and body building clubs. Fitness centers are becoming more and more popular. It seems that people have understood that physical activity is a prerequisite of fitness, good health and long life.
Will school authorities and pupils ever acknowledge this too?
The Role of Physical Education in the Development of Children written by Herminne Tonita for FamousWhy.com
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