Should physical education be a standard for public schools : are unhealthy kids left behind?

Abby G. Michelsen, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


Physical education is an important part of elementary school learning because children develop necessary motor skills. These skills encourage learning not only about fitness but also about core ideas inside the classroom. This topic was chosen because physical education should be included in the mandated standards for every grade level. Three themes emerged from the data collected from two face-to-face interviews and eight paper surveys filled out by teachers from Marina School. A lesson plan book was created for second grade teachers to emphasize critical motor skills. To help teachers implement this program, a grant was written to provide the school with the necessary physical education equipment.