PE a core subject?

In the news this morning, PE should be given the same status as maths, English, science and Welsh in schools to help tackle obesity in Wales, experts have recommended.

A group chaired by Paralympic multi-gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson says it would be the first country in the world to take that step.

It would mean more time for sport, but unions worry too many core curriculum subjects could dilute their importance.

The Welsh government said it would consider the recommendation. Education Minister Leighton Andrews said he wanted to look into how schools can increase levels of physical activity in children and young people.

I would like to see PE given the core subject status, not just for Wales, but for everywhere. It is obvious that the mentality of some teachers is to shepherd kids away from the rain or a strong wind as I have seen in a few schools. This denies the right of these children to develop within their own bodies. But as this is a foundation subject it almost makes it look as if it’s an optional subject as opposed to an important one. Giving this subject core status would make it more important and hopefully would persuade teachers to
stop making excuses for not teaching it and just teach it.

What do you think? Should PE be made a core subject, and will this make a difference to the amount that is taught? Comment your thoughts

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