At Roseville High School, participating on a sports team does not fulfill any of the physical education credits required to graduate. This must be changed.
Students experience mass amounts of discipline and hard work, multiple hours a day almost everyday a week by playing on a sports team. The hour and a half spent daily in PE during which students are not constantly working pales in comparison to this hard work.
In my experience, PE is not as rigerous as particpating in a team or individual sport.
In reality, students in PE ofetn just walk the mile to get it done within an adequate time period and run around with basketballs or volleyballs doing whatever they want with them as opposed to doing what the actual sport entails.
At my old school, in Texas, I played tennis and soccer, which meant that I did not have to take PE. I spent hours working out and running almost everyday of the week for months at a time. Other school districts in California also award PE credit for school sports.
During this time period I got more toned, fit and I improved my self discipline more than I did in my full year of PE as a freshman, in which the hardest activity we did was our mile test at the end of the year that we had to do within 15 minutes.
Throughout my team sports experience, I had become part of many teams where I have learned important team building lessons and experiences that I did not experience in a PE course.
After I transferred to RHS, I found out that team sports do not count for PE credit and that right now, as a junior, I have to take PE 10 in order to fulfill my two PE credits required for me to graduate.
The policy of having a student’s PE credit required solely through PE courses 9 and 10, and not through team sports, is completely unjustified.
It is also irrational, as there are plenty of alternatives that would allow for students to have a greater high school experience while also being physically educated.
Changing this policy would allow student athletes to have more room in their schedules, further enabling them to strive academically.