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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 09:42 PM

I Have A Teaching Story For Ya...

I taught from 1981 to 1989. 8th GRADE, CORE Class (English, U.S. History, American Literature, Spelling, Grammar, etc...)

But as I was becoming a teacher, I did a lot of student-teaching, met a LOT of great teachers, and had this unusual experience....

As I was helping out my former mentor teachers, on days I did not get called in to be a substitute...

You were required to wake up early and wait by the phone...

I was witness to the following series of events...

The teachers I was helping out were, as I said, my former mentors, they were young, energetic, and were put in the position of teaching Advanced Placement Classes.

They were really good at what they did, and their kids almost always ended up going to the best colleges.

But... one day the Gym/P.E. Teacher came in and asked one of my mentors if they could identify any Advanced Placement kids in their P.E. classes.

They said sure... but also asked why.

According to coach... there were a couple of kids who would never dress for P.E., would sit on the sidelines in every sport, and he was nice enough to give a "C" or "D" (Passing Grade) to them for not meeting the expectations of the classroom curriculum.

When he gave out those grades... the parents went ape-shit.

"How are OUR kids going to get into the best schools when YOU'VE ruined their GPAs ???"

They called the teacher, he explained his reasons... they called the principal, she re-explained his reasons... then...they called the District Office...

The District Office directed the Principal to rescind those grades... upwards... the Principal directed the Coach to rescind those grades... upwards.

So the coach said he was going to come to all the Advanced Placement Classes, at the start of every school year from now on, and give them all "A"'s in P.E., for the rest of the year... from now until he retired.

And although I might have dealt with it differently... I sure as hell understood his decision.


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 09:47 PM

1. Why is physical education even a graded class? Education is mental.

PE should definitely be in schools, but it seems so archaic for it to be a graded class.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 09:52 PM

2. You Make A Great Pount... But... It WAS A Graded Class At That Time...

And a WHOLE bunch of Education... is playing by the existing rules.

Welcome to the machine.




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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 09:53 PM

3. I'm with you. I would never in my life have received a good grade in phys ed but

it wasn't graded when I went to school.

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Response to virgogal (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 09:57 PM

5. I love physical activity, I run/jog & do yoga but...

I cant imagine the outrage of a person who excelled in school but held back because of PE credits.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 09:56 PM

4. Yeah, PE always dragged my GPA down and I really tried.

I was just small, uncoordinated, and not an athlete. Why is it graded? Why not do it to the best of your ability because it's good for you?

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Response to Cleita (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:00 PM

6. In our elementary school

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the grades were satisfactory or needs improvement. The PE teacher always gave every child an S because he didn't want questions from parents. So the kids could goof off as much as they pleased.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:11 PM

7. Ah... You Of Tender Years... I Guess WE Were One Of The Six States...



<snip>

John F. Kennedy showed his commitment to improving the nation's fitness even before he took the oath of office. After the election, he published "The Soft American" in Sports Illustrated. The article established four points as the basis of his proposed program, including a "White House Committee on Health and Fitness"; direct oversight by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; an annual Youth Fitness Congress to be attended by state governors; and the assertion that physical fitness was very much the business of the federal government.

Only a month after the inauguration, the new administration convened a conference on physical fitness, reorganized the President's Council on Youth Fitness, and chose a new director, Charles "Bud" Wilkinson, a highly successful University of Oklahoma football coach. True to Kennedy's style, the new executive for the council was named a special consultant to the president. The president's council unquestionably became President Kennedy's council.



Although the council did not have the authority to impose a national program, it developed and promoted a curriculum to improve fitness. The council's fitness curriculum was devised with the cooperation of nineteen major U.S. educational and medical organizations. Two hundred thousand copies were distributed at no cost and another 40,000 were sold. The council engaged in a sweeping drive to achieve widespread participation in the program for the 19611962 school year. A core group of almost a quarter of a million schoolchildren took part in pilot projects in six states. At the end of the year, half again as many students passed a physical fitness test as had a year earlier. Furthermore, there was a general improvement of physical education programs around the country.

With success came expansion. Renamed the Council on Physical Fitness and later the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, it added new programs and awards and enlarged existing programs in later administrations. But the achievement of the Council on Youth Fitness was as much political as educational. In a general sense, the actions of the Kennedy council were a minor triumph of liberal Democratic thinking. A nationwide problem was identified and a national response was developed through the resources of the federal government. The program produced a measurable improvement in fitness nationwide as well as a shift in public attitudes and wider participation. The work of the council also helped identify President Kennedy with fitness, vigor, and preparedness. Energetically promoting the fitness message brought both message and messenger to the public. It is not too much to say that the council's fitness programs were a way of encouraging the nation's youth to participate in the "New Frontier."

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Link: http://www.jfklibrary.org/JFK/JFK-in-History/Physical-Fitness.aspx?p=2


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