(Durham, NC) – For many of us in the United States, the reality of required Quality Daily Physical Education for all children and youth is just a dream. We have been talking about this idea among ourselves for decades. In 1978, when I accepted an elementary teaching job for Wake County Schools (Raleigh, NC) – I taught 850 students a week at 3 different elementary schools – saw my students one day a week for 30 minutes.
Which Needs to Come First? Quality or Daily PE? – At the same time, there were neighboring school districts – poorer school districts in NC – who had daily elementary PE – double classes, 10-11 classes a day.
Me? I had 7-8 single classes a day.
Question #1 – So who had the better overall PE program? Me or them?
Question #2 – And who was closer to the ultimate goal of Quality and Daily PE?
Question #3 – Which is easier to do? Transforming daily “double-classes” PE into quality OR transforming quality “one or two days a week” PE into daily?
Or to paraphase Braz –
“Wake up! Perceive! Too long have we dozed!
The goal of QDPE must be imposed.
Must be flaunted with zeal and deliberate haste,
Cause Time is a terrible thing to waste!”