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How Does 1960's High School PE Compare To Today? It Doesn't.

May 08, 2015 1 min read

In the 1960's, physical education class was challenging. Grueling, even. Students were required to do pull-ups, sit-ups, obstacle courses and more. Not so today. Fifty years ago, the high-intensity PE courses at La Sierra High School in Carmichael, California, actually became so notorious that then-President John F. Kennedy implored other schools to use the California high school as a model and more than 4,000 apparently signed up to use the program. 2004.09.02 Fast forward to today and you see an obesity epidemic and schools cutting PE in favor of focusing on testing. Approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we're cutting PE? 1cd3beabfd516a0766ecf46eb1282461 Film maker Doug Orchard is working on a documentary about the program at La Sierra High School and plugging the #JFKChallenge in an attempt to encourage schools to revitalize and reinvigorate physical education. How different was PE back then? Watch this video and be amazed. https://youtu.be/fISgKl8dB3M What do you think? What would you like to see in PE classes? We'd love to hear from you!

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