Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Illinois school finds that early morning P.E. raises academic test scores considerably

David Wright and Hanna Siegel have a report on ABC World News Tonight about the role of physical education in raising test scores at an Illinois school, where every day starts with physical education. Physiologists say that early day education starts the release of neurotransmitters in the brain, and claim that student reading and math scores are way up. The link is here. The story title is “Bikes, Balls in Class: How Phys Ed Transformed One School: Flab Is Down, Test Scores Up at Illinois High School That Puts New Emphasis on Physical Education”. The emphasis is on treadmills and individual conditioning as in a spa, not on team sports or fun. It seems that the typical physical education units of touch football, basketball, and softball (may not track and field) are out. No chance for the next Stephen Strasburg to shine.

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