Networked exercise

Well, it’s a form of networked reporting. Richard Simmons came on Howard Stern’s show last week to kiss and make-up after a decade’s feud and to push his campaign to make PE mandatory in all schools to combat childhood obesity. The way he’s doing it is taking a survey to find out what programs schools have now. That is a form of crowdsourced reporting, eh?

  • Here’s a funny trend about PE: As a result of NCLB’s emphasis on reading and math achievement, elementary schools have added instructional time to these, and cut time other subjects like science, social studies, art and music.

    The only subject that has not been cut is PE.

    See Center on Educational Policy. (2006). From the capital to the classroom: Year 4 of the No Child Left Behind Act. Washington, D.C.

  • TedSez

    The trick isn’t just to give them PE, but to give them effective, enjoyable PE.

    I bet more kids have become sedentary adults as the result of dull and/or humiliating PE classes than from no classes at all.