Physical education (PE) classes during the summer provide an essential alternative for students who are looking to take more classes during the school year.
Because students are required to pass a minimum of two years of PE to graduate, some students depend on taking PE over the summer to make room for additional classes during the school year, such as Peer Counseling, Conflict Mediation, AP Human Geography, Yearbook, ASB, and Newspaper. If summer PE is eliminated, it will limit the opportunity for students to take these electives. As a result, some students might miss out on the chance to explore new subjects, gain leadership experience, and learn real-life skills.
It can be argued that the removal of the class can help students stay active more consistently over the school year; however, it is not the most ideal solution because of how it will interfere with students’ schedules.
Because summer classes compress the curriculum into five weeks—rather than the usual nine months over the school year—taking PE over the summer defeats the purpose of keeping students consistently active. It should also be pointed out that it is required to pass a minimum of two years of PE to graduate. If PE classes are meant to instill healthy habits that will last for a lifetime, then why is it not required to take the class for four years rather than two?
Instead, it would be a better idea for the school to offer PE classes during zero or seventh period. By doing so, there would hopefully be fewer conflicts in students’ schedules, and the PE class would stretch throughout the entire school year. This would address both concerns since students would have to exercise consistently for nine months, rather than five weeks, and would also have the opportunity to take additional classes.