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March 12, 2007


Rob Rogers

It's so appropriate that physical education be required in the NCLB Act. One of (several) unintended consequences since NCLB was enacted has been the neglect of certain components which make students better learners. By focusing so heavily on the results (test scores), some schools have bypassed the learning process and taken some of the fun out of it. By making the proper modifications to NCLB, congress can provide a balanced plan to help schools improve education. Indeed, higher test scores can reflect improvements in education but we want better all-around learners not just better test takers. Acquiring the habit of regular physical activity at a young age, children are more likely to remain active and healthy as adults. Instead of viewing PE as an activity which takes away from learning, schools would do well to consider PE a necessary (and fun) component of learning.

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