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Putting Education Reform To The Test

Why New School Standards Mean Students Use Brawn And Brains During Gym Class

The New York Times visits a South Florida gym class to find students using math and reading skills while running through gym class exercises. The drills are a response to new education standards, known as Common Core, which require more reading and “informational texts.”


As budget cuts force school officials to make choices between subjects, “it’s just a way to make P.E. teachers more of an asset to schools and seem as important” as teachers in core subjects like language arts, math and science, said Eric Stern, the administrator in charge of physical education for the Palm Beach County schools, the country’s 11th-largest school district. “We are taking away the typical stereotype of what P.E. used to be like.”

Across the country, P.E. teachers now post vocabulary lists on gym walls, ask students to test Newton’s Laws of Motion as they toss balls, and give quizzes on parts of the skeleton or food groups.

Read more at: www.nytimes.com

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