PE Standards Too Low

Kendall Roberts

For 2 days, 2 weeks and 9 months and  of our high school careers, we attend pickle-ball games, lift our heads in half-hearted attempts at sit-ups, and, yes, even toss washers into wooden boxes. But is this truly what passes for Physical Education at Miramonte?

According to Physical Fitness Testing Results, percentiles of students with ‘needs improvement’ in body composition have not dropped. In fact, over our most transformative years, middle school and high school, obesity rates have stayed relatively stable. Rates at 5.7 percent in 2013 have risen to 6.1 percent in the class of 2016.

In the past several weeks, many complaints have risen in regards to PE Activities.

Sophomore Zahra Hasanain resolutely argues against PE as a whole, believing that students’ time could be better spent pursuing different activities. ”If I had another period, I would probably take drama. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’ve never had the time,” said sophomore Zahra Hasanian. Losing interest, along with valuable study-time, many students neglect to participate.

From languid attempts at ping-pong, to golf, some students have simply disregarded the 50 minutes of our day dedicated to fitness. Glorifying the game of “Cornhole”, a game designed for Keggers and Frat Parties, students begin to regard PE as a waste of time.   “Playing cornhole and horse shoes doesn’t do anything for my fitness,” said sophomore Olivia Goodman.

Bursting bean-bags, scratched washers, and unenthusiastic students aside, reasoning behind activities often seems lacking.

“A lot of the activities we currently do cater to ‘fun’ rather than physical fitness. We need to make the program more rigorous if we’re going to see results,” said sophomore Logan Canada-Johnson.

Though the effects of Physical Education are unmistakably positive, without proper implementation, benefits are little to none.  According to, correct implementation of Physical education can result in decreased stress,  self discipline, and improved physical fitness.

So should the PE curriculum be altered? According to California’s PE Standards, “Students should participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity at least four days each week,” or, “Identify and evaluate ergogenic aids that claim to enhance body composition, appearance, physical fitness, and performance.” However, many believe that students in PE are not reaching these goals.

“The only physical activity I do in PE is running the mile. That’s only once a week,” said Goodman.