Not sure how I feel about this, but the New York Times ran an article today: Gym Class isn’t Just Fun and Games Anymore. In some school districts, PE teachers are incorporating academic concepts and lessons into their PE classes. For example,
” while in push-up position, they balanced on one arm and used the other (“Alternate!” Ms. Patelsky urged. “That’s one of your vocabulary words”) to stack oversize Lego blocks in columns labeled “ones,” “tens” and “hundreds.”
I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing to combine physical activity or entertainment with education. Isn’t that what parents are looking for in?
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As a music educator, I know that teachers are being required to incorporate literacy and math concepts into all subjects. I do want my students to know that when they study violin, they are learning science (acoustics), language (music notation & foreign musical terms), math (rhythm reading and performing), etc. That’s on top of the art, beauty and emotion that they express through their music.
There is the argument that kids need to run around and move. Some say that’s what recess is for. I know that my children only have recess through the 5th grade. More and more schools have cut recess and PE (and music and art) for budgetary reasons but also to devote more time on “academics” because of the pressures of test scores.
Tell me what you think about integrating academics (even superficially) into physical education (or art or music)?