Texas recently passed a state law allowing researchers access to unidentified student data in hope to link the already assumed child obesity trend, academic performance, gang activities, and truancy . The purpose of the new law is to hopefully encourage state funding to fight this growing trend. Texas has been testing their students since 2007 with a program called Fitnessgram (created by the famous Cooper Institute).
Due to the economic times, the past years state funding has fallen short and the state passed a mandate that not all children were required to go through the fitness assessments. Only students enrolled in physical education classes had to do the testing. However, high school students are only required to go through two semesters of phy-ed.
I have no doubt that physical education standards have faded, but do we need to make more of an effort?
If it were up to me the kids would be doing push-ups and high knees between classes. That’s just me.
I want to hear your thoughts on fitness testing in schools. Should we be more aggressive with fitness education in schools? Comment below!
Original Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/us/a-new-law-on-school-fitness-data-faces-obstacles.html?ref=nutrition
Fitnessgram Tests: http://www.cooperinstitute.org/pub/file.cfm?item_type=xm_file&id=660
State Childhood Obesity Trends:http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=13877
CDC Childhood Obesity Facts: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm