Florida's new P.E. law: Please buy in
As Florida middle schoolers head back to classes this month, they face yet another requirement on their time. Fearing childhood obesity, lawmakers now want sixth- through eighth-graders taking daily physical education courses.
Families can opt out if their kids meet certain requirements. Rhonda F. Banks, president of the state's Physical Education Association, urges them not to do so.
In a piece for the Orlando Sentinel, Banks says children can benefit from the new rule, but schools and communities must take it seriously rather than trying to find ways around it. Among her suggestions:
- Have certified physical educators teach the classes.
- Keep the class sizes to 25 kids.
- Don't waive the requirement.