Should Kids Be Graded For Their Athletic Abilities In Gym Class?


While growing up, P.E. wasn’t a class that I necessarily loved, but I didn’t loathe it, either. While it was fun grouping into different teams and playing volleyball, basketball, and soccer, it was a care-free subject that I treated more like an easy A than something I worried too much about. There was never any homework, it was fun to get out of class for awhile, and it was a great time to socialize with my school friends, too. So why would anyone hate a subject that introduced you to various sports?

But for mom blogger Jacqueline Burt Cote of The Stir, she sees things differently, especially when it comes to her daughter, who is currently failing her gym class. Here’s what she writes:

Sure, I want them to be physically fit, but do I care how well they serve a volleyball? No, and I don’t think they should be forced to learn how, either.

The question of whether or not gym class should be mandatory — and whether or not kids should be graded on their performances — has been on my mind lately because my 14-year-old daughter scored an almost perfect GPA this semester (her first in high school!) … except for gym. This isn’t her fault, exactly — she had to miss a few classes for health reasons, and her teacher has been reluctant to give her credit even though we submitted the requisite doctor’s note — but the fact remains: She’s failing gym, and there’s apparently nothing I can do about it.

Truth is, it’s a very red tape–heavy system, one that’s too complicated (and exasperating) to fully explain here, but the specifics don’t matter. The point is, why should a “failing” mark in gym be on her permanent record alongside all the academic honors she worked so hard to earn? Do gym grades and academic grades really hold equal weight?

Hmm. This is definitely a tough situation to be in, but in all honesty, I still do think that gym class is just important as English, Math and Science.

Honestly, I don’t think gym is about learning how to score goals or how to win a track meet. Physical education is important in our children’s lives, and it’s something that they shouldn’t pass or fail base on their abilities. But it shouldn’t be ignored either, and parents need to step up to the plate and encourage their kids to be healthy and active at home, too.

And of course, we don’t know the full story when it comes to this situation but tell us Hot Moms, do you think kids should receive a grade for their gym class? How would you deal with this mother’s situation?

Source via The Stir


Joanna has been following the world of entertainment and celebrities since '05, having served as the Editor-in-Chief of Celebrity News Service and as a personal assistant for one of the original James Bond screenwriters, producer Kevin McClory during her days in Ireland. These days she’s a mother, warrior, celebrity writer and Disney dreamer. And she eats a lot of peanut butter M&Ms, as well.

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