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Why Physical Education Should be Optional

Who should be exempt and what some alternatives might be to physical education.

Should physical education be mandatory? No way. Physical education is fine for some people, but others may have serious problems with it. In this article, I will discuss why physical education should be optional.

Teenagers With Health Problems

While many teenagers in high school may enjoy running and participating in sports, others may not be able to do it as easily. Asthma and other ailments plague many of these teenagers.

As for the physical instructors or coaches they usually don’t care if a student has asthma; most of the time they will tell you to suck it up and deal with it. It’s rather difficult to suck it up when you can’t breath. Literally.

Why should these teenagers have to suffer through physical education? It’s pure torture for them. More than likely, these teenagers who are forced to participate in physical education will hate exercise all the more. And once these teenagers are out of high school they will simply stop exercising, which can lead to problems down the road such as obesity or heart problems.

Yes, there’s medication for asthma. Unfortunately, the medication usually tastes horrible and sometimes it can contain steroids. And sometimes the medication has side effects, or you might accidentally overdose.

Bullying is also a problem when it comes to having asthma. Asthmatics are generally seen as weaklings in the exercise world. Thus, many asthmatics will have to deal with a lot of name calling and other issues. It’s not pleasant.

Teenagers Who Simply Dislike Sports

As for the people who simply find physical education distasteful; they have every right to feel this way. And these individuals will find a way to avoid physical education for the most part.

They’ll hide from the coaches, skip the physical education class, or walk instead of run(when the coach isn’t looking). All of this lowers their grade of course, but these kids don’t care. They hate exercising, remember?


If there was an alternative to physical education then these teenagers who dislike exercise might be more inclined to participate. Something that doesn’t involve running would be a nice start. Asthmatics would definitely appreciate that.

How about exercise that is less stressful such as archery, tai chi, yoga; etc? Or for people who really can’t stand any type of exercise, you could simply substitute a different type of class. Something like a business class where teenagers can learn about finances.

Physical education should not be forced onto people. No one appreciates that and in the grand scheme of things no one will benefit from that type of atmosphere. All it does is fuel discontent. And that doesn’t help anybody.

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  1. CyberStrike

    On November 8, 2007 at 7:19 am

    Yikes, archery.. Teenagers with deadly projectile weapons.. not a good combo.

    My High-School offered Yoga, Weight Training and Dance as alternatives for the Physical Education Credit.

    I’m asthmatic I know what you mean, but I enjoyed Phys. Ed. It thought me the proper way to exercise, and lose weight. Also, the teams sports where fun and allow me to compete against the bullies that bothered during the rest of the day.

    Our classes where also graded on effort not performance, which would be completely unfair due to athletic performance varying from person to person.

    The only people I ever remembered actually skipping Phys. Ed. Where people that skipped other classes as well.

  2. Lesio

    On January 27, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    I completely agree with you.

  3. hi

    On February 24, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    thats great

  4. #4

    On February 28, 2008 at 9:23 pm


  5. K!K!

    On February 29, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    i’m a sixth grader in ridgecrest intermediate school.
    i have to run a mile everysingle day on mondays.
    even thought i get stressed, i think pe is pretty fun.
    and i totally understand about the asma problems…

    the pe teachers should let them skip pe..
    well, only if they have the card that says the have the problems

  6. Ur MaMa

    On March 3, 2008 at 11:38 pm

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  7. smileydaiii

    On March 18, 2008 at 12:35 am

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  8. Tyrant

    On March 24, 2008 at 9:07 am

    I am one of those tyrants that don’t care about the asthmatic. I have taught physical education for fourteen years. You have definitely struck a nerve. Look around–even the people who enter the USA to visit call us the LARGE people. Why is health insurance and medical bills sky rocketing? It is called supply and demand–I did take economics. I agree with you on one point. We have a lot of insensitive Physical education “Coach/teachers” out there that are not educating kids but are hounding them over their overall numbers of laps instead of effort to keep moving. We as a profession have to do a better job of keeping children moving without belittling. Let’s let kids opt out of reading or math and see where that gets us as a society just because they don’t like it or they struggle. You may not like something but it doesn’t mean you exclude it when it is good for you. Finding alternative activities is a great start–we now have a walking class at our high school as an alternative–we can’t get the kids to even walk half the time— but the bottom line is–we have a generation (due to not liking what is good for them) that will for the first time in history not out live their parents!! Find what you physically like but keep moving and eat nutritionally! By the way, my son is asthmatic!

  9. hahaha girl

    On April 16, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    pe is fun really fun at my school especially since my firends are the class!!!! so i dont get stressed at all….. it is a blast

  10. Viola King

    On May 24, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    I’m all for alternative physical education courses. Not everyone loves playing basketball or soccer for marks! Also, I’ve found that even though a lot of P.E. classes try to focus on effort and participation, much of a student’s final grade is based solely on performance. I think grades in gym class should be subjective, not objective. It’s just not fair to the kids that struggle to keep up with the natural athletes.

  11. Debater

    On June 18, 2008 at 4:26 am

    I’m in year seven at the moment and I have to do a debate on this topic. My case is: Sports should be compulsory. I toatlly agree that sport shouldn’t be optional. We Australian’s are getting obese-er by the minute! And just because you don’t like something dosen’t mean you skip classes! What happened to Math and English? Just because we don’t like something dosen’t give us and excuse to skip the class! If you don’t like it, all I have to say is, “suck it up” deal with it. And the whole bullying thing? Bullies don’t pick on people who have asthma. They pick on people who are wimps and unsure of them selves! Everyone has their own problems, and things that are wrong with them, but not everyone gets picked on do they? I know for a fact that some bullies have asthma!

  12. kellbell01

    On August 18, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    i’m going into seventh grade and have to dress out and am not looking forward to it. i think it is a violation of privacy and am writing to the BUSD as soon as i finish my research and letter. and for the asthmatics i fell bad that they have to endure physical education even though it hurts.

  13. Dusty

    On August 31, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    My high school dropped PT the year AFTER I left. How is that for rotten timing! I do believe that PT should be made optional. Opting out of reading is not a good comparison – after school you are still going to have to know how to read, whether you are good at it or not. After school I swore I would never swim or run ever again.

    Bullies pick on everyone sooner or later, Debater, your turn is probably just still coming.

  14. breatless101

    On October 7, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    I’m in the 9th grade and i have to run the mile every thursday and we have a time limit if we are over the time limit we have to run it again and i really hate it because i’m usually over the time limit.i do agree with you that there should be alternatives the pe teacher thinks that with me just taking my inhaler everything will be better well it isn’t.i feel like i’m an outsider in that class.i’m tired of them thinking that my athma is just gonna go away with the inhaler well it doesn’t they don’t know how i feel when i can’t breath .i’m tired of feeling depressed because i can’t run 1 lap without feeling breathless.not everybodys asthma is the same i have had it for 13 years and i have been hospitalized 3 times because of it and have been close to dying.i wish that i wouldn’t do pe.what really bugs me though is that they don’t unserstand at all.


    On October 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm


  16. Erin Loewen

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    i think that phys. ed should be optional because if someone really doesn’t want to do physical education. If it was optional people could still do it if they love it. And i totally understand about the whole asthma problem.

  17. Lola Martini

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    i agree with Erin

  18. Daphne

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Gym should not be optional and Jessica and Erin are going to lose.It should be mandatory. You guys are going down.

  19. jordan

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    jessica and erin SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. jordan

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:10 pm


  21. tuilip

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Gym rocks

  22. jordan

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    i could beet all of you

  23. gorgey porgey

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Jordan sucks more than Erin and Jessica!!!!!!!!! He will never win anything(especially in this debate) ha ha

  24. Patty

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    WTHS(wat the ham sandwich) why on earth r u putting down kids with asma! i have asma and i do taekwondo! so back off!

  25. jordan

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    yea gym does rock but i think it should be manditorie

  26. Edvard Van Picklefish

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    I think that the gym should be optional. the problem with the opestity in america is because people order super sized happy meals at mC Donalds not because people don’t exersize, look it up daphene, that’s what everything says. Jordan, your wrong, and me and erin will totaly beet you. get over it.

  27. gangsta

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    iam a gangster

  28. jordan is better than jess and erin

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    you guys are terrible you should just go home right
    you guys are gay


    On November 5, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    gym should be manitory

  30. taylor

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    wow gym should be optional

  31. matt

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    iam better than all of u

  32. jordan is better than jess and erin

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    im better than jess and erin hahahahahahahahahahaha lol

  33. Willma

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Edvard van picklefish u r wrong. I love gym and it should be mandatory. Gym rocks and edward u just dont like people who are not good at gym like u


    On November 5, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    u guys are all stupid..this is what u do with ur free

  35. jenny - pattys sister

    On November 5, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    k seriously guys gym should not be optional. it should be mandatory 100%. just cuz people have asthma doesnt mean they cant do gym. they take a frickin puffer. DUHHH. doesnt everyone know that? go back to elementary school thanks. and just cuz you go to mcdonalds does NOT make you fat. if you excercise it will all come off. but if you eat AND excercise then you are fine. are you telling people to go anorexic? is that what you guys are trying to tell everyone??? keep your sterotypical thoughts to yourselves. yeah thats right. i dont care if you think im a *****. not my fault. next time think before you say something. ok?

  36. dudey

    On November 24, 2008 at 12:31 am

    that was great

  37. Laziness won't prevail

    On December 14, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Asthma?? I have SERIOUS asthma and I work out daily; play soccer, football, softball, and kickball(yes all in one year)!! Medicine that tastes bad and has side-effects?? Doctors work with you on the right persciption you just have to work with them on trial & error!!! Here’s the alternative to’bad tasting, side-effect solutions’…take blood pressure meds for the rest of your life or if you prefer you can inject yourself with insulin twice daily instead.
    Teenagers skip math, science, and english should we make these classes optional?? I was terrible in math but I didn’t argue that it should/shouldn’t be optional b/c the experiences out-weigh everything else!!!!!
    Gym is not limited to one sport; it’s many within a semester/year and not everyone likes every sport/activity…I am a pilates instructor and you don’t think kids would laugh at yoga or tai chi??? You really think that a child (high school and otherwise) would understand & appreciate the mental aspect of Pilates, Tai Chi, or Yoga~you don’t understand/appreciate the physical aspect of this class to begin with!!!!!
    It’s about education and life lessons; it shouldn’t be avoided! If parents want to allow/encourage their child to live a sedentary life-style then these parents are proudly accepting diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease upon their child~hmm..maybe this is why the U.S has such health problems, an epidemic with obesity, dying at a younger age, and taking pills daily to cover major health issues that could have been avoided with education and exercise!!!…But yes, let us make gym class optional b/c supporting an epidemic is the solution **Sarcasm**

  38. Not an idiot

    On December 15, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Laziness won’t prevail, you’re an idiot.

  39. Proof

    On December 15, 2008 at 10:32 am

  40. Laziness won't prevail

    On December 15, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    So Not an Idiot~how lazy are you? How many activities do you participate in? How many home cooked meals do you eat in a week?..or rather how often do you eat fast food??? How much do you weigh?
    It’s easy to call someone names when you have nothing more intelligent to say!!!

  41. Patty

    On January 2, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Go Jenni and laziness won’t prevail!! we had debates in ela and i was the negive for the resoloution gym should be optional after gr.8. Me and my partner won of course cuz gym is the best subject in school it teaches u to cooperate with others and u get to waste some energy! If you don’t like gym it’s probably cuz u ave a bad gym teacher or ur just really lazy.B.T.W. Jessica (edvard von pickelfish) u shouldn’t be dissing americans because it’s not just them that’s overweight alot of canadians are overweight too and everyone don’t feel bad of what u look like on the outside it is all totally about what is inside that matters.

  42. Michael

    On January 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    im using some of your quotes for my essay :P

  43. Bill

    On January 30, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    As a middle-aged man who is working on a bodybuilding program at a health club, I’ll make the following observations: The real purpose of traditional P.E. has been to promote sports, not physical fitness for nonathletic students. The actual beneficiaries of P.E. — i.e., the athletes — are already physically fit! Those who are the most physically unfit are humiliated and ignored. Have you ever heard of a single P.E. coach tutoring a nonathletic boy? There’s Remedial Math and Remedial English. Ever hear of Remedial P.E.?Traditional P.E. is often nothing less than institutionalized bullying. Is this the way to encourage nonathletic boys to become physically fit? I get more out of a single workout at my health club than I ever did in a whole YEAR of P.E.

  44. nicholas

    On March 29, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    p.s patty, the only reason u won is becasue u probably paid everyone to vote for u! i’m not stinking dissing americans! i’m just saying that there not all skinny. u shouldn’t have ur sister right things for u cause ur to scared to. patty, u took this debate way to seriously. ur right, not all americans are fat, adn sure, lots of canadians are fat to, i mean, ur a living example.

  45. Rebecca

    On March 31, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Wow. I writing a speech on this type of stuff so I think I might steal some of your quotes as Michael is doing.

    PE is a B!cth!

  46. Jordyn***

    On April 1, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    who are you people exactly?
    i do like this website and i hate gym and i would definately skip but i wouldn’t skip anyother class besides it. it should be optional, i could be liftin my leg above my head while takin yoga instead of dumb old gym.

  47. Earl

    On April 15, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Hey, Jordyn. Check out

  48. Earl

    On April 15, 2009 at 2:21 am

    You too, Rebecca.

  49. Agghhh! I have asthma

    On April 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I don’t think Physical Education should be optional. I think the running should be optional.

  50. your mom was here... alot

    On April 27, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    gym should be mandatory…

  51. bad boy

    On May 7, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Shut up i have to run 1 miles everyday, 50 push ups, lifting weights(10kg) 20 times and i have asthma and other health problems and am only 6 grade

  52. Jay Johnson

    On July 28, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    When I was in school I hated physical education. It was compulsory and usually taught by some jock brain-donor. There were no grades and swimming in cold pools and running on cold wet grass in the wetter (barefoot) was not much fun. However, years laters, as a result of my childhood training in P.E. class I was able to perform a huge number of sports. Thanks to my PE class I knew how to play baseball, basketball, tennis, field hockey, rugby, soccer, softball and I knew how to swim in all 4 strokes as well as how to rescue a drowning swimmer.

    So, although I only realized it years later, for me it was definitely worth it. When people ask me if I want to go play this or that sport I just don’t stand there with a blank expression on my face and then head off to the nearest McDonalds.

  53. Andy

    On September 1, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I totally agree.

    I dislike P.E most of the time. It is extremely embarrassing when you can’t do something as well as others, or are always picked as one of the last people in the the team. Instead of forcing us and putting us off sport for the rest of our lives, why not let us choose what we would prefer to do. I love bike riding and long distance running, however, we never are allowed to do bike riding and running is only for a few lessons. It would be a bit better, if we had at least got the choice of which sport we would like to participate in. I would like P.E a lot more then.

    The Politicians don’t know what they are talking about. They are putting the people who don’t like P.E, off sport for life. They should start listening to us, we are the ones in the situation, not them! ;)

  54. Nicole

    On December 13, 2009 at 2:19 am

    I compleytly agree. If my school had yoga i’d rather take that than p.e.

  55. Toda

    On January 13, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Totally agree with you Andy. P.E. is just ridiculing and it doesn’t feel like it will benefit me in the end like all my other classes. Sure you can force some one to take a class, but you can’t force some one to gain anything out of it which in this case would be a desire to exercise later in the future.

  56. BJ

    On January 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I agree. PE sucks and the motives of PE instructors are questionable. What kind of man chooses to make a career out of bullying kids?

    And the argument that people are fat because of a lack of exercise is baloney. American kids have consistently participated in PE for about a hundred years so that can’t be the reason for any perceived obesity problem. The reason people are fatter these days is a higher standard of living accompanied by a corresponding increased choice and availability of good food. duh.

    BAN PE NOW!!

  57. Jd

    On January 26, 2010 at 4:22 am

    PE is got people that are to dumb to realise that they are not going to be the next David beckam

  58. ACE

    On February 2, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    i totaly agree with ths n i think tht all schools should offer yoga or sumthin lik tht instead of P.E. i am 1 of those ppl tht dnt mind P.E but hate the running. so i will do all i can 2 avoid it. miss skool schedule appointments durning my gym hour, but i lik lifting weights, but theres no class i can just do that. i would do yoga if we had that at my skool but we dont. im out of fitness 4 1week n i have 2 do a paper on sumthin about fitness or health. ur paper definatly inspired me! thank u

  59. me

    On February 22, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I found this article humerous. It’s funny how your main point of why gym class shouldn’t be mandatory is because many kids don’t like it! Should they not have to take math or english either because I know plenty of kids that don’t enjoy those subjects. I agree that schools should have some other type of option besides running or sports, but you shouldn’t be able to opt out just because you don’t like to work out. That’s just plain lazy!

  60. Daninoooooo

    On March 1, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Physical Education is the most important class a child can take. Period. Today’s parents are expected to outlive their children, and lack of physical activity along with poor eating habits are two major factors. True physical education is not about yelling at kids to run laps, but rather EDUCATING them on the why it is important to run. I have asthma, but that didn’t stop me from being a captain of my high school track team as a middle distance runner. Those who are self-conscious from P.E. or their athletic abilities should look at P.E. as an opportunity rather than a condemnation: treat everyday as an opportunity to better oneself physically and mentally. If anyone has any other opposing arguments I would be happy to refute them.

  61. The Great Debater

    On March 26, 2010 at 10:10 am

    As a debater, I feel that PE must be compulsory. Children attending school are often too immature to decide for themselves the time they put into exercising. Doing PE in schools ensure that all students keep fit and healthy. And to those ‘coaches/teachers who don’t care’, do we put the blame on the coaches, or is PE at fault? And to the point that some people say core subjects are more important, I don’t see what’s so good about someone about buckets of money but dying soon due to obesity and the lack of exercise.

    It’s important to be fit and healthy in life; support PE!

  62. wmwcjr

    On March 28, 2010 at 12:55 am

    A question for “The Great Debater”: What sort of P.E. do you favor being imposed on nonathletic kids? Programs that actually promote physical fitness, or the same old sports-centered P.E. that was typical of my generation and is still around (unfortunately) in too many school districts? Are you really, sincerely concerned about physical fitness; or are you just another sports fan who views athletic prowess as a standard of masculinity? Do you favor a humane but effective program for nonathletic kids, or do you favor the same old approach that encouraged “jocks” to bully physically weaker classmates? I’ve heard some real horror stories from other men over the years, including incidents of violence (such as getting one’s face smashed and nose broken with a cricket bat). Do you favor humane treatment, or do you condone bullying of the worst sort?

  63. Piko

    On April 6, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I think PE should be optional. I’m a 9th grader and I skip school some days just because I have PE that day…I would rather have a study block or something so I could finish my homework. If its optional, all the kids who like PE can take it, and people like me could study and finish their homework…or something

  64. etihw2

    On April 7, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Comparing physical education to Math or English is a terrible argument. In English and Math, you don\\\’t exhaust yourself over physical exercises. It\\\’s just pen and paper. Math and English might be your best class because you enjoy reading and you love problem-solving. PE can be your worst class because you have to push yourself in front of some blind dick screaming at you to give effort, just to make it out of school. This goes against your grades. You need to understand what\\\’s a necessity and what isn\\\’t.

    I\\\’m fit and I bicycle everyday after school. I don\\\’t like PE. I had PE first thing in the morning and I did not feel like getting myself through it every morning. I had great grades in all my other classes — straight A\\\’s. I was close to failing PE because of my grades on tests for sports I didn\\\’t play. We were GRADED on our knowledge of these sports.

  65. Michael

    On May 31, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Yes, there’s medication for asthma. Unfortunately, the medication usually tastes horrible and sometimes it can contain steroids. And sometimes the medication has side effects, or you might accidentally overdose.

    Bullying is also a problem when it comes to having asthma. Asthmatics are generally seen as weaklings in the exercise world. Thus, many asthmatics will have to deal with a lot of name calling and other issues. It’s not pleasant

    Stupidest thing ive ever heard. I have asthma, along with about half of the PE class im in, if you dont like PE, tough, deal with it, America and Australia are fast becoming obese nations because of the slack attitudes of people like you. Grow up and suck it up PE is and should be here to stay, complaining about ailments and other such things isnt making our nations any healthier

  66. wmwcjr

    On June 14, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Michael, if you’re so concerned about promoting physical fitness, why don’t you favor the reform of compulsory P.E.? Do you really believe that forcing nonathletic kids to play sports is the only way to promote physical fitness? Why don’t you use that brain of yours to realize that a sports is not a physical fitness program; it is a contest. What nonathletic kids need to do is get on an exercise program or bodybuilding instead of being forced to play sports in mandatory P.E. Humiliating nonathletic boys by forcing them to play sports they don’t even like will only DISCOURAGE them from becoming physically active. Over the years I’ve heard this happen time and time again. Would it surprise you to learn that there are men in top physical condition (including rugged guys, such as Navy SEALS) who NEVER PARTICIPATED IN SPORTS? Perhaps the reason you favor the old sports-centered approach to P.E. is because the bullying aspect is attractive to you. Perhaps this approach gives you the opportunity to engage in bullying to make you feel more secure about yourself. For two years I’ve been working with a personal trainer on a bodybuilding program at a health club. I get more exercise in a single workout session that I ever did in a single YEAR of sports-centered mandatory P.E., you little twit.

  67. Student

    On September 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

    There should be options to PE classes!! Locker rooms should not be “Sanctuaries” for bullying,ridicule,or any other form of violent behavior!! Possible alternative courses to PE would be Safety and First Aid is a great example. There is nothing wrong with a twelve year old kid learning CPR for example,as that type of training can one day save a life!! With bullying in the news lately,alternatives to traditional PE classes should be looked at,as incidents of bullying and potential lawsuits against school districts,that result from bullying could be prevented!! What would help is a “Zero Tolerence”stance on bullying,and stricter “Codes Of Conduct” for athletes and cheerleaders”!! To those whom were bullied by the more “Athletic Classmates” in gym class,they’re usually the ones who wind up as the “Al Bundy” or the “Big Loser” in life!! The “Stuck Up Cheerleader” usually winds up the “Fat Lazy Welfare Mom” mooching off the taxpayers,and the classmates whom she and her friends put down and ridiculed,are the ones whose payroll deuctions in the form of taxes,support these women,because THEY made bad choices!! It’s all because the teachers and the PE coaches let these type of kids get away with murder!!

  68. B

    On March 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    PE sucks for the students who refuse to try anything new. Studentsd are becoming more and more lazy. Generally high school is where students will learn about lifetime fitness. If they do not get this information in school, I doubt they will ever get it at home. PE is not a hard class, but you learn a lot. Helping students find an acitivty or sport that they are interested in is an important part of keeping kids healthy. Asthma is def. and issue for some students, but does that mean they NEVER exercise? I dont think so. Come up with some better excuses next time. I apoliguze for your high school PE being miserable for you.

  69. hi

    On April 26, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Pe should be optional

  70. ryanisawesomeish

    On June 18, 2011 at 2:40 am

    IMO pe should be optional and that there should be alternatives like the ones listed by others. I’m 18 years old and in above average shape i know how to keep myself healthy, but i hated pe more than any other class in school. PE doesn’t teach you any of the stuff you actually need to know to be healthy, it just teaches you about sports that most of the class will never play or care about again. I would have gladly dropped PE for an alternative maybe even a class that works on cardio and lean muscle. I’ve never had to run a mile in under 15 mins outside of school or have to know any of the sports that they taught in class, but that doesn’t stop me from being in shape, walking a few miles a day to get around, or even skateboarding. Basically PE is an old school class that has no lasting benefits on the majority of the people that took it, its a disaster that turns kids off exercise and fitness and helps fuel obesity.

  71. Charles

    On October 16, 2011 at 3:01 am

    If PE should be optional, so should everything else. Has there been Math classes (and all subjects for that matter) that students did not gain anything out of? Of course. The truth is every subject has benefits. Whether someone receives those benefits is another question. A good PE program should have physical fitness (since not everyone will like or participate in sports), learning about sports (since not everyone will like or participate in activities like yoga and running). PE helped me find a fun way to get fit – by playing sports and occasionly exercising with weights or yoga.

    The benefits of exercise are tremendous and apply to EVERYONE. No one should expect every aspect of PE to please EVERYONE – what other subject would expect that of? If you work hard at a sport you can at least be somewhat competent at it. I really wish there was an Advanced PE but the budget would not allow it (this would make the more non-sport people more comfortable and challenge the more athletically inclined individuals).

  72. Giant Brain

    On July 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    P.E. only became a class because there weren’t enough teachers or curriculum to fill the day so kids were let out for an hour. That period of activity only existed because there was not enough course material at times. But it has grown into a huge, twisted, perverted version of its original purpose. Now we have grown men who, through college and a prediliction for young boys, have made it into a science of torture and humiliation. Pe is nothing but an excuse for homosexuals to legally haunt school campuses.

  73. Harold

    On December 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I totally agree with you. I have to do PE twice a week for fourty minutes. All we do is play sports except for the start of the year where we do a thing called the beep test and we also have to do a combat course like they do in the army(of course probably a more lighter version). The only sports we play are football, rugby, badminton and hockey; nothing else. As for alternatives, we have none . If you enjoy PE then you do PE, if you don’t then you do PE.

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