Why Do We Need to Learn Physical Education?

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Why Do We Need to Learn Physical Education?

By | October 2011
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Because of the pressure of new subjects such as business studies, many schools have dropped sport or physical education (PE) from the curriculum. How important is sport or PE in a young person’s education. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. You should write at least 250 words.

Excluding sport or physical education from school curriculum, I would consider, is an unwise step, even if it is to accommodate professionally relevant subjects like business studies. The active participation of students in physical education can help them to develop a healthy body which is immune to many common diseases. Child obesity, which is a common phenomenon, especially in western countries is often associated with lack of physical exercise. This can eventually lead to many lifestyle diseases, like diabetes and blood pressure even at an early age. School is the best place where a young person can be motivated and initiated into sports. Although there may be other facilities like clubs and gymnasium where children can participate in sports, there are many practical difficulties for children to go there. If schools avoid sports from its curriculum, many students would not participate in any kind of physical activity, leading to an unhealthy future generation. Participating in sports can help students to develop sports man spirit, skills of socialisation and a spirit of competition. It is also an opportunity for them to ease their stress created by spending long hours in classrooms. It is often seen that children who actively participate in group sports have greater ability to handle anxiety and tension-filled situations.
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