Sport for All is an exciting new program being launched by Naspe, in partnership with Human Kinetics and Sportime. This exciting program aims to facilitate increased physical activity and sports readiness among children in after-school, or community settings. The Naspe National Faculty is seeking to train 35 activity leaders. For more info read here.
Despite an emphasis to move towards a “new” physical education, it seems that there are still very unclear ideas regarding outdated (perhaps?) activities like dodgeball. You might want to read the contrasts as expressed in the following articles:
Dodge Ball "Takes a Drubbing In Several School Districts
It's a time-honored part of physical education classes, a game where students home in on their classmates across the gym and hurl a rubber ball at them as hard as they can, hoping to drill their opponents and eliminate them from play." Read more.
The Death of Dodgeball: A Generation of High-tech Couch Potatoes Meets a New
Kind of PE
"A sixth-grade boy zaps digital monsters left and right without breaking a sweat. But climbing a flight of stairs makes him huff and puff. A 15-year-old girl tapes every episode of "Friends" and watches them over and over. One lap around the track, however, leaves her gasping. A mom drives her kids to Blockbuster to rent "Air Bud". Across the street, the neighborhood hoop casts a lonely shadow in the afternoon sun. There's not a basketball—or a player—in sight." Read more.
Gym Game Is Unable to Dodge School Policy Shifts
Dodge ball, the venerable gym class game in which the point is to peg a peer, has long been cherished by bullies (who view it as stress relief), and reviled by less athletic students (who expect to get hit every game)". Read more.
Time's up for 'killer-competitive' gym classes: New programs integrate sports, social skills, and more.
The Tyranny of Dodge Ball.
"As we’ve learned more about the benefits of physical activity, and as reports about the sorry state of American fitness pile up, it is increasingly clear that gym class must be more than an opportunity to torture the clumsy." Read more.
The Dodge Ball Debate
"Educational leaders are debating the appropriateness of dodge ball in physical education classes. They want to end all human target games." Read more.
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Experts have stressed the educational and social value of the free-form, less structured activity typifying recess. Yet, what is happening to it in the USA and the UK? Recess is being severely restricted in the UK, in a drive for safety; and in the USA, in a drive to provide more curriculum time for academics.
And yet we have ever increasing levels of obesity and slouchers.
The Recess Forum has been created here.