Should PE in secondary schools be made optional?Watch
I can clearly see the benefits of this proposal; those that are competitive will not be "held back" by those who really couldn't care less. Also, there is an opportunity for other students to do something more productive with their time; for example, a proper lesson or studying if timetabling proves to be an issue.
What are your views?
As much as I HATEEEEEE PE (I dread it every week), I think that it is a good subject to do - it breaks the week up and gives you a subject where you can just relax (to an extent) and not have to think 'do I know all of the stuff for this subject for exams in the summer!?' (I'm currently doing my GCSE's) . Also, I think that the additional exercise, for some students especially, is good for us
Edit- theres a bunch of fatties on tsr?
PE seems like a total waste of time when you're at school, and was my least favourite lesson, but my goodness I didn't half pile the weight on when it was no longer compulsory.. and I was NEVER thin to begin with.
That being said, I do think that some PE lessons are awful for those who are no good at sport. For example, we were always made to play rugby and hockey which I was rubbish at, and never got the choice to do things that I was quite good at like badminton. In Y10 we were given the option to do circuit training, and I found that AMAZING. Because you only had to spend a couple of minutes on each activity I always found something that I enjoyed, but it's a pity that none of that was available lower down the school.
TL;DR PE should be compulsory. Kids need more PE or they'll get fat.
I think it should be kept in place as it shows less academic students that they do have desirable talents. It without doubt needs to experience massive changes to make it more productive, but then doesn't everything in our education system?
I actually found that PE ironically put me off doing any kind of physical activity.
To the OP, NO. I hated PE at school, but I've only just started to appreciate it;
1. It teaches basic discipline and lifestyle skills that not everyone gets to learn at home. You still need this at secondary school.
2. It makes time for it - if there wasn't compulsory PE many people would just claim they were 'too busy', then get really unfit, which would affect their schoolwork and health and cost taxpayers money.
3. It teaches standard games like Netball that people wouldn't learn otherwise. I like the fact that at university I can just join in with a game if I feel like it, because now I know the rules.
If you gave people a choice they would just choose knitting or something. Teenagers don't usually know what's good for them.
Children need exercise and just because you're more academic shouldn't exclude you from running a little bit. I had fun during PE, i'm sure it was a pretty good time playing basketball and all that fun stuff (until we go to cross country ) with that being said, there should be a lot more option during PE. A lot of people hate mindless running but when it becomes running with a ball in your hand (rugby ) then it can be a lot more fun (in my opinion anyway)
Plus it's a good break from all the work during school and something that people can look forward to.
Also if you take away PE then you'll lose a lot of talent because they haven't been given the opportunity to find what they're good at.
It should be compulsory up until GCSE anyway
I don't think it should be made optional though because I guess even less people would do it. However, I do think there should be more choice available as to what sports you can do. I would have happily gone swimming twice a week, and didn't mind too much when we got to do tennis and racquetball because they tended to be quite fun and we got to pick our own groups, but there wasn't a chance in hell my teachers could make me run laps around the field in the middle of winter. Conveniently I had a headache/backache/twisted ankle/etc for the vast majority of my school years ;D
However, I think there should be more focus on getting everyone to enjoy exercise, so rather than being forced to do things that perhaps some don't have the skill or fitness for (i.e. hockey, rugby etc.) more gentle, fun exercise (i.e. badminton or rounders) could be encouraged for certain people.
Also mixed ability groups are needed, pitting the 'top' groups against the 'bottom' groups will do nothing to encourage less enthusiastic members to enjoy PE.
However it is the only exercise some kids get & is important. It would be nice to give the kids more options but I dont think thats always practical beyond "football or rugby this term?".
How can we allocate tax payers money most effficiently? when it is spent on education, the productivity of the resulting workforce should be maximised.