No More Gym Class in Middle School? Florida Lawmaker Wants To Rewrite P.E. Requirements

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Michelle Obama would not approve.
All of us remember middle school gym class, some as the best part of the day, and some of us as a hellish daily ritual steeped in shame and failure. But now Republican state Rep. Larry Metz has introduced a bill that would no longer require all Florida middle school students to take P.E. class every year.

As a side note: 18.3 percent of Florida's children are considered obese; that's the 13th highest rate of any state.

Metz's law would do away with the state requirement and leave the decision up to each school district.

"Simply because an idea may have merit for some does not mean that we should use the power of government to mandate it for all," Metz wrote to ABC News. "Some physically fit and active middle school students might rather use that time in their school day to take another elective."

Uh, yeah, it's going to be the "physically fit and active" kids who skip out of P.E. class. All those jocks can't wait to spend their time taking arts class instead.

Though, Metz does point to another important factor: Money.

"Since this mandate was passed, K-12 education funding has been significantly reduced," Metz said. "In the current declining revenue environment, I believe it is only fair that some mandates on school districts be removed."

Predictably however, those concerned with the rising levels of childhood obesity in Florida aren't pleased about Metz's idea.

"If we don't get our middle school children being physically active as early as possible, we run the risk of more obesity and more bad habits developing as we age," Dr. Ralph Sacco, a professor of neurology at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, told ABC.

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Lesha
Lesha

Yes childhood obesity is on the rise however middle school gym class isn't going to change that.  Having healthy eating habits and an overall active lifestyle will change that.  Remember back to your gym class the active kids were active and the obese kids got out first in dodgeball and sat on the side lines the rest of the class.  What is needed is a health promation program including some education for the kids.

Serina Ruggeri
Serina Ruggeri

This is the DUMBEST decision that I have ever seen being made. The children should at LEAST have  choice as to which sport related activity, not eliminate gym altogether. Who the hell has suffered from gym class?!?! Seriously?! It doesnt hurt a child to get up and get active and to be taught the proper techniques of physical education and a healthy lifestyle. I am very disappointed with our society, especially after this.

bigriggs
bigriggs

Great idea, it's not like kids these days are not active enough already. It taks a lot of time and energy to play all those stupid video games. It takes a lot of sweat and effort to sit on the computer all day long and facebook etc.... Forcing these children to actually exert some enrgy is cruel and unusual punishment.

SelinaaWozz
SelinaaWozz

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SelinaaWozz
SelinaaWozz

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ZongVoo
ZongVoo

lol, well we all know Florida Lawmakers are NOT the brightest bulbs in the pack lol.www.Total-Privacy [dot] net

seep
seep

Liberal pussies always wanting to be gentle with children.  Fuck that.  Make the children run in the sun until they're fit!

Fouce
Fouce

I think that's a great idea. I don't think the government should be dictating what everyone should do or not do. Let the local school districts decide for themselves.

305
305

It's not like there was any real Physical Education going on during gym class anyway.

seep_is_a_closeted_homosexual
seep_is_a_closeted_homosexual

"Republican state Rep. Larry Metz..." huh, guess that means you fit the conservative stereotype of being illiterate and (probably) inbred.

Serina Ruggeri
Serina Ruggeri

If the the teachers were more helpful and attentive, more children would be likely to experience a positive gym class experience. Not to mention the parents who need to be more involved.

Yo
Yo

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