Archive for the ‘gym’ Category

Schools Need More Play Time?

January 26, 2009

A study says kids in school need more play time and recess.  NFL Quarterbacks are on TV taking about more gym class.

I sure don’t know what is right.

But I do know that our schools haven’t made Americans of greatness lately and the school system in places like China is rigorous, orderly and full of challenges…. 

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From Reuters
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All work and no play may be a hazard for some U.S. school children.

Researchers reported on Monday that a growing trend of curbing free time at school may lead to unruly classrooms and rob youngsters of needed exercise and an important chance to socialize.

A look at more than 10,000 children aged 8 and 9 found better classroom behavior among those who had at least a 15-minute break during the school day compared to those who did not, Dr. Romina Barros and colleagues at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York reported.

The behavior assessments were general in nature and not made at any particular time of the school day, their report said.

“The available research suggests that recess may play an important role in the learning, social development, and health of children in elementary school,” the research team said in a study published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

But today many children get less free time and fewer physical outlets at school “because many school districts responded to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 by reducing time committed to recess, the creative arts, and even physical education in an effort to focus on reading and mathematics,” they added.

The researchers also found that children not getting recess were more likely to be black, from poor families and attending public schools in large cities.

“This raises concern in light of evidence that many children from disadvantaged backgrounds are not free to roam their neighborhoods or even their own yards unless they are accompanied by adults,” the team said. “For many of these children, recess periods may be the only opportunity for them to practice their social skills with other children.”

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Bill Cosby: We Need To Educate; Do the Math

U.S. Students Failing International Science Measures

“America becoming the nation of the unemployed” — Schools to Blame?

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090126/hl_n
m/us_children_recess

President Workout: Front Page News or Pure Tabloid?

December 30, 2008

Ah, the perks of media affection. On Christmas Day, The Washington Post delivered a Page One paean to Barack Obama‘s workout habits. The 1,233-word ode to Mr. Obama’s physical fitness read more like a Harlequin romance novel than an A-1 news article.

Sighed smitten reporter Eli Zaslow, “The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weightlifting sessions each week, and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games.” Drool cup to the newsroom, stat.

Mr. Zaslow imparted us with vital information about buff Bam’s regimen: “Obama has gone to the gym for about 90 minutes a day, for at least 48 days in a row.” The Washington Post enlightened us with more gushing commentary from Obama friends and associates, who explain how, as the subtitle of Mr. Zaslow’s opus put it, “Gym workouts help Obama carry the weight of his position.”

By Michelle Malkin
The Washington Times

For adoring journalists, you see, Mr. Obama’s workout fanaticism demonstrates the discipline and balance in his life. Apparently, what is good for Mr. Obama’s glistening pecs is good for the country. Mr. Zaslow quoted Obama Chicago crony Marty Nesbitt, who offered this diagnosis: “He doesn’t think of it as something he has to do – it’s his time for himself, a chance for him to reflect. It’s his break. He feels better and more revved up after he gets in his workout.”

And when Mr. Obama feels better, the skies will part, the sun will shine (in moderate, environmentally correct, non-global warming-inducing amounts, of course), and peace will reign worldwide!

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/
dec/30/two-workout-presidents/