Poll: Should children be forced to exercise at school?

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With some of the worst child obesity rates in Europe is it time to force children to exercise at school every day? Elaine Wylie, the women voted the UK's best teacher, outlined her Daily Mile scheme to those at Children in Scotland's annual conference this week, which saw pupils at her former primary school in Stirling made to run or walk a mile round the playground every day.

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5th November 2015 by Paul Cardwell 3 Comments

Should children be forced to exercise at school every day?

Poll results (total votes: 86)

Should children be forced to exercise at school every day?
Answer:
Yes
Votes:
64
Ratio:
74.42%
Answer:
No
Votes:
22
Ratio:
25.58%

Comments

9th November 2015 by David McColgan

When I saw this poll I immediately thought about excactly what Helena posted. The arguement isn't about forcing children to be active - the most common arguement I hear about hating sports and activity is the "winter cross country" that was once deemed the go to of the PE teachers torture tactics.Children shouldn't be forced to be active they should be encouraged, we should be creating an environment that doesn't train children how to stay seated for hours on end but allows them to learn and develop and move.Activity doesn't need to be extreme either, doing something is better than nothing standing lessons and walking promote just as much as an active lifestyle as running.One of the worst habits children learn from school is how to sit and sit for a long time and this cycle needs to be broken.I was at Scouts Scotland AGM at the weekend and the honorary President Chris Tiso (of ouotdoors fame) said - "participation is important, it isn't about climbing the highest, running the furtherst or fastest, it's just about doing. We can learn a lot from television today and learn about places we might never visit but children today cannot just learn from the television they have to participate and experience the outdoors."Our educators have to change their perception of education from bums on seats eyes forward to interactive and engaging, classrooms don't need 4 walls and a chalkboard.

10th November 2015 by Eileen Prior

The Daily Mile is not about forcing youngsters to exercise! It's about encouraging and supporting activity because it is healthy and because it helps young people learn.

11th November 2015 by Jan Kerr

'Forced' is not the word to use here. It should incorporated into the curriculum.