It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No, it’s a Physical Educator !

I am a physical educator, part of brother(sister)hood of people who are fighting for our professional careers and who are on the front lines of the war on obesity.  I say we are fighting for our profession because in so many schools around the nation budget cuts are eliminating physical education classes.  Many education boards have deemed gym class as expendable; a non-relevant subject that our children can do without.  Boy, are they wrong.

I don’t need to go on about the obesity crisis in our country.  We see it everyday when we go to the mall, ride the subway, or pass a McDonald’s restaurant.  We see morbidly obese people that continue their unhealthy lifestyles and are blissfully ignorant about the serious health implications that will occur in the near future.  These people pass down unhealthy habits from generation to generation as the vicious cycle continues.

So, who can we call on to save our country?  Superman? Spider-man? Wonder-woman? No, we need PHYSICAL EDUCATORS!! And we need to stick together to win this fight!

I have always tried to make connections and network with people in my field but until now I have never used the instrument of the Internet as a networking tool.  Here’s what I have found so far:

Top 50 Physical Educators on Twitter – I have browsed through all these accounts and they are full of great ideas from great people all around the world.  These people are motivated and are passionate about physical education, exercise, and youth sports. I have followed them all and hope to engage in conversation and exchange ideas.

@NTAAHPERD – found this organization on Twitter.  AAHPERD is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, recreation, fitness, dance, and health education.

@NASPE – The National Association of Sport and Physical Education is the national authority.  This organization sets standards that all P.E. teachers must follow and adhere to.

@PEgeeks– A collaboration of ideas and resources from PE teachers throughout the world, aimed at engaging learners & raising standards #TogetherWeAreStronger #pegeeks
This is a great new organization that I just found on Twitter, reading stuff like this gives me chills and makes me proud to be a physical educator.


4 thoughts on “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No, it’s a Physical Educator !

  1. good post, I agree there is an obesity problem going down and PE people are there on the front line to alleviate the onset with children. In my search for an online community PE professionals I found a lot of the same links as you, so it looks as if by following the links there can be a communication format for PE professionals that is very useful for aspiring educators. Also i found the link you used on obesity to be quite informative. Have you heard of Crossfit. its a good site with a lot of workout that are pretty challenging.

    • Thanks, and yes I’ve heard of Crossfit but I don’t know much about it. I’ve heard great things about this workout program. I’m viewing the website now and it looks like something I would really enjoy. I’m going to give it a try. Thanks Anthony.

  2. I agree with you totally. Last semester I learned a lot about health and the importance of exercise in my PE class. I am against the budget cut. One of my educational philosophical principle is that there should be a general/liberal education for all the students to learn the basics. PE is one of them because we need it. We do everything to make our lives happier but we forgot that health is the source of all happiness.Great post.

  3. I enjoyed reading your post. Your writing style is humorous yet serious. It’s a shame that art and PE are the first things to get cut even with all the information we have on their importance.

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