Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Elementary students are receiving minimal to no physical education as a result of national and state budget restraints. Thus unsurprisingly, while working at a physical education lab site at a school in Salinas, California, it was observed that many elementary school students could not perform up to grade level standards in physical education. Expanding the physical education lab sites to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District would provide opportunities for more elementary students to become more physically active during school hours and promote life-long fitness. For reasons unknown, Del Rey Woods Elementary refused to communicate with both a Liberal Studies student and Kinesiology professor, despite numerous attempts to begin dialoging about the possibility of using their school as a future physical education course lab site for the Kinesiology and Liberal Studies Departments. In hopes of opening the channels of communication, 15 standards based physical education lessons, were presented to the school. Physical Education is essential for childhood development both physically and academically; without physical exercise children can experience problematic side effects in the classroom and home life. However, if schools are unresponsive to offers of help, then the challenge for physical education advocates is great.
Bebb, Meagan, "Get up, get fit : physical education within elementary schools" (2013). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 320.