More States Allowing Students to Opt out of P.E.

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

For some students, attending physical education class is a way to let loose but for others they're not having any part of it.

"Over the years they have wanted to become less active and you know I think it's something they don't realize them and their parents is going to affect, you know see the big affect later in life," said Northview P.E. teacher, Jason Abercrombie.

Over the past 7 Abercrombie has noticed more teens opting out of taking the class.

According to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, the number of states allowing students to waive or substitute physical education has grown from 27 to 32 since 2006.

"I think it's wrong, kids should be able to do P.E.. everyday. They do it in elementary school and they should keep doing it throughout middle school and high school," said Dothan High School senior, Tori Talton.

Talton says it's unfortunate to see fewer classmates participating in P.E.

While it may be adding to the obesity rate, Dothan High sophomore Justice Black says there's another downfall to the lack of participation.

"When you don't have children in P.E. you don't realize the physical potential that they have to put together towards varsity athletics or any other team that could help them along in their future," said Black.

Both Dothan and Northview high schools make it mandatory for students to take 1 credit of physical education during their 4 years of high school.


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