The classes in physical education vary from school to school, but every physical education class should be able to tackle the components of physical fitness; social and folk dances; and individual, dual, and/or team sports/games.
The physical education curriculum is as important as the other major subjects in school because:
- it contributes to the all-round development of the person;
- a healthy body translates into a healthy and alert mind that is needed for student to be able to keep up with the demands of the academe and their surroundings;
- for the growing child or adolescent, the development of muscles, body tone, strengthening of bones, etc. are all very essential;
- numerous studies have shown that proper exercise started at any age, young or old, can benefit the individual;
- values such as cooperation, healthy competition, being a team-player, leadership skills, and discipline are inculcated in the student; and
- the subject takes the child out of the confines of the classroom and out into the open air - it helps relieve stress, relaxes the mind, acts as a “break” from studies, and brings one closer to nature/natural surroundings.
- Department of Education. "Bureau of Physical Education and School Sports." DepEd.gov.ph (Accessed 14 July 2009)