Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Keep 'em in school 'til they're 18 . . . and teach them to dribble

So you've been wondering what your child is going to be learning before he/she is released from the new extended mandantory time served in our glorious education facilities?

TORONTO -- Ontario should consider changes to its high school physical education program, researchers said yesterday, after finding most students are dropping gym classes, raising fears of obesity in teens.

Researchers from the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph have found fewer than half of Ontario high school students are fitting basketball and floor hockey into their timetables after Grade 9.

"The opportunities and especially the participation by secondary schools in physical activity is lower than it should be."

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"Typically, it's recommended that adolescents should be getting at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily," said Dwyer. "If kids aren't getting it at school, they are physically inactive."

That's right - can you imagine anyone getting physical without a health nazis to lead the parade?
Over the last 25 years, obesity rates have more than tripled for Canadian children between the ages of 12 and 17. Obesity increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.

They're getting fat because they've been brainwashed to shun healthy appetite suppressing cigarettes and fed a steady stream of candy from their teachers to reward subservient behaviour in the classroom.
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Both researchers suggested that requiring students to take more than one year of gym in high school could help.

"If there were policies that indicated students would need to take more than one credit of physical education during high school, participation would increase," said Allison.

I guess I reveal my naiveté in assuming that the word participation when refering to sports activities connotes a willing engagement.

I hope this new emphasis on physical activity will ensure our children won't have to sit through the latest version ofReefer Madness or have to witness the instructor's trackpant "tent" as he teaches reproduction during the ever dreaded compulsory and sedentary "health class". That said, I do recall one interesting piece of knowledge acquired in health class: one of my classmates once demonstrated that if you visibly yawn you can set off a chain reaction in a room of otherwise unoccupied people - try it on the subway or bus sometime!

1 Comment:

Sky Captain said...

Why is a Soccer pitch always wet?