Who Supports Physical Education?
According to the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), physical education is now part of a "well-rounded education."
Check out SHAPE America's guide - Getting Started with ESSA
Check out SHAPE America's guide - Getting Started with ESSA
- Active Living Research: “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released national health objectives for 2020 with recommendations that underscore the importance of physical activity in schools, including daily physical education, regular recess, and access to physical play and exercise spaces during non-school hours and in the summer.”
- American Academy of Pediatrics: “Establish policies that promote enjoyable, lifelong physical activity. These include: Comprehensive, preferably daily, physical education for children in grades kindergarten through 12…”
- American Association for Physical Education and Recreation: "Quality physical education can be implemented in all school settings and can positively affect attitudes and behaviors associated with being physically active. Incorporating daily instruction in the schools, with a focus on promoting active lifestyle habits, is essential to the development of a physically educated adult."
- American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, and American Heart Association (2): “Daily quality physical education in the nation’s schools is an important part of a student’s comprehensive, well-rounded education program and a means of positively affecting life-long health and well-being. The optimal physical education program will foster a lifetime commitment to physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. Physically active and educated children are more likely to thrive academically and socially. Through effective physical education, children learn how to incorporate safe and healthy activities into their lives. Physical education is an integral part of developing the “whole” child in social settings and the learning environment…The national recommendation for physical education is 150 minutes per week in elementary and 225 minutes per week in middle and high schools. The ACS, ADA, and AHA will continue to support these recommendations as they are revised and updated with the evolving science.”
- American Heart Association and American Stroke Association: "Quality, daily physical education in the nation’s schools is an important part of a student’s comprehensive, well-rounded education program and a means of positively impacting life-long health and well-being."
- Aspen Institute - Project Play: "…Offer daily physical education, an obvious venue for promoting physical literacy. Bring back intramurals. Add alternative sports that tap into cultural interests, such as double dutch and netball…"
- Association for Physical Education (United Kingdom): “Physical education contributes to public health and personal well-being through the physical learning context that it provides for every child. Health and well-being should be viewed holistically to comprise physical, psychological/mental and social aspects of health which contribute to people’s quality of life. afPE recommends that limited and limiting views of children’s health and well-being which reduce health to a focus on appearance, weight, size and shape are avoided.”
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): "Schools can promote physical activity through comprehensive school physical activity programs, including recess, classroom-based physical activity, intramural physical activity clubs, interscholastic sports, and physical education. Schools should ensure that physical education is provided to all students in all grades and is taught by qualified teachers."
- Institute of Medicine of the National Academies: "Schools historically have been central in supporting the well-being of youth by providing health screenings, immunizations, and nutrition programs and also by training them for lifelong learning. Schools can and should play a major role in efforts to make children and adolescents more active. The recommendations in this report provide approaches for strengthening and improving programs and policies for physical activity and physical education in the school environment, including before, during, and after school."
- International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE): “Physical education in school is the most effective and inclusive means of providing all children, whatever their ability/disability, sex, age, cultural, race/ethnicity, religious or social background, with the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding for lifelong participation in physical activity and sport. It is the only school subject whose primary focus is on the body, physical activity, physical development and health; and helps children to develop the patterns of and interest in physical activity, which are essential for healthy development and which lay the foundations for adult healthy lifestyles.”
- International Olympic Committee (IOC): "Quality and inclusive physical education classes must be included, preferentially on a daily basis, as a mandatory part of primary and secondary education and that sport and physical activity at school, and in all other educational institutions, must play an integral role in the daily routine of children and youth."
- Let's Move: "Encourage daily, high-quality physical education for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The goal should be 150 minutes per week for elementary schools and 225 minutes per week for secondary schools."
- PHIT America: "Do you know the best way to increase the physical activity and fitness in America? The best way to reduce obesity levels? Reduce sedentary levels? An easy way to improve student performance in academics? It's quality Physical Education. And we have compelling research showing all the benefits of PE. Read below to learn about the best kept secret in America, Physical Education."
- National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments: "This statement finds support in a growing body of evidence suggesting that physical activity and physical education, offered within the context of the school day, are not only essential for children’s healthy development but also may contribute to children’s academic achievement and positively impact school climate and conditions for learning in schools."
- SHAPE America: “Physical education provides students with a planned, sequential, K-12 standards-based program of curricula and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge and behaviors for active living, physical fitness, sportsmanship, self-efficacy and emotional intelligence...SHAPE America recommends that schools provide 150 minutes of instructional physical education for elementary school children, and 225 minutes for middle and high school students per week for the entire school year."
- United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): "These Guidelines have been developed, in partnership with the European Commission, the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), International Olympic Committee (IOC), UNDP, UNICEF, UNOSDP and WHO, to inform the provision of quality physical education across the full age range from early years through secondary education...This is also a strong recognition of physical education as a driver for promoting gender equality, social inclusion, non-discrimination and sustained dialogue in our societies."
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "PE provides students the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a physically active lifestyle through childhood and adolescence and into adulthood. PE can enhance students’ knowledge and skills about why and how they should be physically active, increase participation in physical activity, and increase fitness."