San Marcos: How Quality P.E. Produces Well-Rounded and Healthy Children
CSU San Marcos (CSUSM) Kinesiology professor Paul Stuhr is raising the importance for the need to include physical education (PE) in K-12 schools. Dr. Stuhr states, “physical inactivity is the 4th leading cause of death and places children at risk of being overweight, developing obesity, and other chronic diseases.” Through a community service learning collaboration with local K-12 schools, Dr. Stuhr has developed the only program in San Diego County that provides pre-service physical education teachers with 90 hours of supervised PE teaching experience, prior to students beginning their credential programs. Through a specifically-designed cohort of courses (KINE 307, 308, 309 and 400), CSUSM students learn to create and deliver California-standards based PE lessons while making an immediate impact on the health and well-being of hundreds of elementary and middle school students each semester.
“My students rarely get the individual instruction they deserve because of our large classes, usually 40-50 students. Your program is so valuable to our students because they receive individual instruction and personal positive feedback that they may not have ever received before, and sadly may never experience again while in public schools. The personal attention your students have given enhances our kids' educational experience and will likely be the highlight of their year.”
—Community partner, San Marcos Middle School, in reaction to the Kinesiology service learning initiative
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