By Nathan Nowatney
October 20, 2015
The government thinks your kids are fat… but do they? The state of Illinois requires every child to take four years of PE in High-School- no exceptions besides doctors’ notes.
This mandate came in the pseudo-recent health craze law changes to attempt to make the youth of America healthier. But is it even helping?
From my experiences with P.E., you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. If a child doesn’t want to participate, they will make sure to not lift a finger during that hour, protesting the entirety of P.E. as a concept.
So… why bother? Generally, other states require only two years of P.E. instead of IL’s whopping four. Why lay a massive load on students when P.E. isn’t their thing? Shouldn’t they be able to have room for other classes or study halls? Well, maybe…
Obesity rates have started to incredibly gradually go down. Now, it’s a stretch, but P.E. might actually be working. Maybe it isn’t such a bad idea after all.