Physical education has been underrepresented in American schools for years.
The National Association of Elementary and Secondary Education has found that, since the early 2000s, only 3 percent of American high schools have enrolled physical education teachers.
But in the last five years, that number has grown to 8 percent.
The new curriculum, developed by the Association of Physical Education and Sports Professionals (APESP), will be less diverse than its predecessors, and focus on physical education for students who may have been left out of physical education in the past.
Students who may not be physically active may benefit from learning the basics of physical activity, including the mechanics of movement and how to stretch, stretch, and push, while other students may be better equipped to take advantage of physical skills.
“This curriculum is about building a stronger, more engaged community in physical education,” said APESP President Scott Bier, a physical education teacher and coach.
“There’s a huge gap in physical health, in physical wellness, in understanding how to prepare and get prepared for your next school year.”
The new physical education curriculum will also include more hands-on and more interactive activities, including walking and running in groups, making simple activities like jumping rope, and more challenging, hands-in activities like soccer.
The APESPS will work with schools and districts to ensure students are getting the most out of the new curriculum.
They’ll be required to provide students with all of the equipment, instruction, and resources needed to learn the new program.
“The curriculum should be accessible to all students regardless of race, color, or ethnicity,” said Bier.
“The curriculum will be designed to help our students become physically active in the best possible way.
Physical education is about learning, and we have to be realistic about what it takes to get to that goal.”