The History and Benefits of Physical Education, and Why I Want to be a PE Teacher
The purpose of this research is to first define physical education. Then, I will explore the history of P.E. In the following section, I will compare and contrast the PE curriculum from past to present. Next, a description of the schooling requirements to become a physical education teacher will be given. Finally, I will share a reflection of my experience with an actual Physical Education teacher. Being a P.E teacher is the career I want, so why not research and get ahead on things?
What is physical education? …show more content…
In the United States, organized physical education is less than 200 years old. The National Institute of Physical Education in Boston, Massachusetts was the first school to prepare teachers of physical education. From 1901 to 1925, thirty-two states passed physical education legislation requiring some sort of physical activity in schools. In the 1950’s, fitness tests showed that American children were lagging behind European children. After that, President Eisenhower formed the Council on Youth Fitness. Physical fitness programs grew in schools and became very popular. The focus was largely on activities that developed athletic skills, like calisthenics and