By Lance Winslow
We Must Work on Reading, Writing, and Math - But Let's Not Forget Fitness in Our Schools
Indeed, I am unaware of your age, but I bet when you were in school you remember participating in the Presidential Fitness Program. In fact, I remember doing this at my school, and I remember that I was able to do more sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, and "sidesteps across a line" in the allotted time then any of the other kids. In fact, I took it is a huge challenge, even though I suppose most of the kids just did it because they had to. I'm not sure what they did with all those records, they probably threw them away.
Nevertheless, it gave all us kids something to work for in physical education at our school. And all this was part of the Presidential Fitness Program. Today, we need to bring that back and scale it up. Why you ask? Simple, because we have a huge problem with juvenile diabetes in our nation, and that's a horrible thing, having diabetes as it child can end up ruining their lives. We must do something to stop this, we do not need obese kids. It's not healthy, it's not good for their self-esteem, and it will lead to problems later in life.
It seems in our schools that we are removing the competitive factor, because we don't want some kids to feel inadequate because they cannot perform optimal level of the other kids. In fact, in some schools they don't even keep grades, as they try to allow each kid to feel equal to every other kid, this seems to be a lot of political correctness, and it might be part of the problem.
Our nation needs a National Kids Fitness Program because we can help keep our kids in shape, and keep them focused on good physical health. And re-introducing a little competition wouldn't be such a bad thing anyway. Indeed, I hope you will please consider this.
By Lance Winslow