The purpose of a quality physical education program is to guide students in the process of becoming physically active for a lifetime. Physical education is a component of education that takes place through movement. In physical education, as in all academic areas, students must learn the basic skills and demonstrate them from preschool through twelfth-grade.
- Movement Competence and Understanding
Includes motor skills and movement patterns that teach skill and accuracy in a variety of routines, games, and activities that combine skills with movement; demonstrates the connection between body and brain function; and creates patterns for lifelong physical activity.
- Physical and Personal Wellness
Includes physical activity, healthy eating, teaches lifelong habits and patterns for a fit, healthy, and optimal childhood and adulthood; examines society, media, family, and peer influence on wellness choices; practices decision-making and communication skills for personal responsibility for wellness; and identifies the consequences of physical inactivity, unhealthy eating.
- Emotional and Social Wellness
Includes mental, emotional, and social health skills to recognize and manage emotions, develop care and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, handle challenging situations constructively, resolve conflicts respectfully, manage stress, and make ethical and safe choices.
Students integrate and apply the skills learned in physical education to their everyday life. In addition, numerous benefits result from participating in a quality physical education program such as: learning how to live an active and healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition, skill development, improved physical fitness, reinforcement of other subjects, goal setting, self-discipline, leadership and cooperation, stress reduction, enhanced self-efficacy, and strengthened peer relationships. The physical education setting also provides a unique opportunity for students to develop an understanding and respect for differences among people. Cultural and global awareness can be enhanced through participation in physical activity, sports, dance and/or rhythms from other cultures.