A team of researchers has found physical education curricula have little impact, in fact, they have a negative impact.
The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and it looked at over a million student enrolments from 2009 to 2015 in England.
They found that the physical education curriculum in schools in England and Wales had a significant negative effect on student outcomes.
The team of academics said: “There are two main reasons why physical education is such a difficult area of study for most students.
First, there are many skills that are difficult to acquire and transfer to a physical education career, and thus the students are forced to use an outdated or non-existent curriculum to meet their learning needs.
They concluded: “In fact, the physical knowledge and skills taught by the physical curriculum is so far limited that the benefits are modest.””
In this study, we aimed to investigate how the physical learning of students at schools in the UK affected their performance on academic measures.”
They concluded: “In fact, the physical knowledge and skills taught by the physical curriculum is so far limited that the benefits are modest.”
They also found there was a lack of research that focused on the impact of physical education on students’ overall learning.
This article first appeared on the Guardian.