Written by: Jeneth V. Paguio, Teacher II – Cupang Elementary School
One of the most underrated elements of education is health and wellness. Philippine norms had excluded those from the definition of genuine learning. Physical Education is as essential as mathematics and other sciences, it gives students something that books and pens, nor all the other subjects combined, could not.
Even teachers don’t value the student’s physical condition much these days. Most of the times, PE day is being neglected and replaced by some other subjects that need coping instead. The knowledge of human physique and the activities it needs has been detached from our definition of ‘education’. Thus, we unconsciously undermine the learning under the subject of Physical Education. Its essence and importance equals that of the other subjects, that’s why it has been incorporated in the curriculum. Now, if the students do not get to absorb everything there is, to know about Physical Education, then it basically means we are not doing our complete job as educators.
Physical Education primarily enables the active life of students through exercise and sports. It allows students to experience sweating, the delight of running around and to get used to physical tiredness. But there’s more to it in Physical Education than just letting the students move around until they drop in exhaustion.
The PE curriculum doesn’t end with physical activities, it also teaches how to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Students could have learned proper diet and exercise needed even if they were just children because sicknesses like heart disease and diabetes know no age limit to victimize someone. In fact, the overweight and obesity rate of adults in the country hits more than one-third of the current adult population. And as we all know, obesity makes someone vulnerable to cardiac and respiratory malfunctions like heart attack and asthma. According to WebMD.com, obesity could even lead to bone and excretory problems. This dilemma of the third of all adults in the country could have been prevented if Physical Education has been taught well ever since then. Therefore, if we want this generation to not go the same path, we should start seeing PE as a necessary subject.
Moreover, one of the most problematic mindsets that developed because of our negligence to teach the importance of health to children is that many tend to criticize how sensitive some are to their health. In the Philippines, activities such as, going to the gym, maintaining a particular diet, or even joining a zumba class are a laughing matter to many.
In addition, according to the British International School Abu Dhabi, activities in physical education promotes sportsmanship, camaraderie, and leadership. Since most of the times, activities are composed of teams that would compete against each other, those three competence could be developed easily. It is also proven to teach students the value of hard work and perseverance. Also, on the same study, it was stated that an active physical life positively affects mental and emotional aspects of other people.
That’s why it saddens me, how many adults tend to neglect the role of physical activities especially to the young people. Some even discourage their children to go around and play under the sun even for a while; when in times like this, when children are so hooked in playing gadgets, it’s their job to encourage and promote a healthy physical life to the children.
Physical Education is more than just letting the students move around until they drop in exhaustion because it is about giving them the opportunity to know the perks of a healthy body and the consequences of an unhealthy one and letting them decide which one they want to have.