Overwhelming Support for Physical Education

Public Support for Physical Education

* Ninety five percent of parents said that physical education should be included in the school curriculum for all students in kindergarten through grade 12.

* Eight five percent of parents and 81 percent of teachers believe that students should be required to take physical education every day at every grade level 8 and 92 percent of teens said that they should receive daily physical education.

* More than 75 percent of parents and teachers believe that school boards should not eliminate physical education for budgetary reasons or because of the need to meet stricter academic standards.

National Association for Sport and Physical Education. (2003). Parents’ views of children’s health & fitness: A summary of results [Executive summary]. Reston, VA: Author.