By Makenna Percy
Physical education’s importance in high school has been questioned. Incoming students are not used to the work outs; however, later they begin to understand why that is.
Richard Wilson is a Sophomore at Samueli Academy: “P.E. is without a shadow of a doubt very necessary,” said Richard Wilson. “However, I feel that doing it in extreme conditions i.e. 110℉ heat is a little daunting in the prospect of health.”
Our education program is recognized by other people to be beneficial. Not just in the student's current health, but in the long run. “First of all, when a P.E. teacher doesn’t put in the effort you can tell that he’s just trying to get by in the class,” said Cosette Percy, “That teaches the kids that that's not that important.” Physical Education in some public schools it treated like a class that can be easily passed.
“I decided to teach P.E. this way because I realized that kids weren’t having fun during exercise,” said Mr. Kalbhenn, “I think the reason why is that their teachers did not believe in the system. I actually do believe in the system and I know that the system works. When the kids see that you believe in it, they are more engaged in exercising.”
Samueli Academy brings quality education to their students in all subjects. Because it is project based learning, the physical education is a tough program to make it apply to adulthood. Mr. Kalbhenn doesn’t just sit around and make us run laps. He has us log information as if we were to diet as adults, teaches us things you would need to know at a gym, and has us run miles in Edna Park as an adult would to exercise.
Exercise can help a lot more than stopping obesity. “One of the best ways to combat depression is moving,” said Phillip Percy. For every 100,000 people 13 will commit suicide. Depression is a state of mind in which can be hard to come back from and 20% of the people that become depressed will become psychotic. To help the level of depression decrease exercise can help as well as a therapist.
Exercise and dieting doesn’t only help your future, but your current state. Some students at this school have ADD/ADHD. This makes it hard to pay attention and sitting still for a long time can make things worse. Also, exercise is proven to help students focus. “Students that have ADD cannot sit still that can give them a chance to go outside and exercise and get out their jitters,” said Mr. Kalbhenn, “This gives them a chance to calm down before they sit down for that hour and forty minute block period.”
It might be harder for us to wrap our heads around exercise. Most students would prefer to sit down watch t.v. or play video games while eating a bag of our favorite chips. Maybe our mind sets would change if we had proper physical education at an early age. “Children are not learning the benefits of physical education till high school, but they should be learning it as early as kindergarten,” said Mr. Kalbhenn.
Staying healthy will always be important in life. Samueli Academy students are treated like adults and our P.E. instructors are our personal trainers. It’s not just a class you need to pass.
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