Should Athletes Be Allowed to Skip PE?

School districts across the nation are facing budget cuts and looking ways to save money. In this "need vs want" environment some districts are asking, "is it really necessary for athletes, band members, cheer leaders and ROTC participants to take PE?"

About half the states currently allow students to be waivered out of PE requirements for reasons listed previously.

Physical educators argue that students should experience a variety of courses and fitness experiences that translate into lifelong options for continued physical activity beyond the school years. Steve Mitchell, a Kent State physical education professor stated, "Unless we educate students in other activities they can pursue across their lifespan, waivers increase the likelihood that they'll become sedentary adults."

More students allowed to skip physical education.

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