It’s a new school year. Do you know what your child’s physical education program looks like? More and more, school PE is suffering from poor resourcing and inconsistent delivery.
For example, many schools in Canada are relying on classroom teachers to teach PE whether they are knowledgeable or comfortable doing so, instead of employing specialists who understand physical literacy and the best way to engage children in physical activity.
No Running is a new documentary that looks at what needs to happen in our schools in order to get physical literacy to be seen as equally important to literacy and numeracy, and interviews the people who are championing the cause.
The film is important viewing for all parents and educators. Producer Matthew Young believes that we are all responsible for making sure kids are developing fundamental movement skills. So have a look, and if after watching you’re inspired to advocate for your child’s right to learn how to move, here are three immediate actions you can take:
- Contact the administrators of your child’s school to find out what their approach is to phys ed.
- Forward the link to this documentary and to these resources for educators to your child’s teachers.
- Make sure you’re making time to be active with your child at home. Schedule time each day for structured and unstructured active family time.