How to build a healthier, smarter student

This article is the second in a series of three published in the Globe and Mail looking at children’s fitness and education. It poses the question “Are physically active kids better learners?” and discusses the state of physical education within the school system.

It also describes how Canadian schools are just beginning to track the effect of physical activity on learning. Finally, it presents examples of school programs that are promoting physical activity and that are making a difference.

Decades of rope climbing, embarrassing dodgeball injuries and military drills instilled a lingering resentment of physical education. However, the backlash – gym classes where competition is eschewed, no one breaks a sweat and everybody gets an A – has been equally problematic.”

Read the full article here.

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