Ever since his daughter, Susie, was born, Mr. Jones has had aspirations for her to be an outstanding athlete. As soon as she was old enough, he spent countless hours in the backyard teaching her how to throw and catch. Susie was enrolled in private swimming and gymnastics lessons at age 3. By the time she started kindergarten, she was able to bat, use a modified tennis racquet to hit balls off the backboard at the neighborhood courts, swim proficiently, and execute many gymnastics skills.
Because he was so interested in athletics, Mr. Jones questioned Susie carefully about what she did in her physical education class. Mr. Jones figured that with expert instruction, Susie would learn sports even faster. Susie reported that she really enjoyed gym class. Her teacher, Ms. Smith, asked the class a lot of questions and encouraged them to explore different ways that their bodies could move. They tried a lot of different activities. “What activities?” asked Mr. Jones. Susie replied, “We do balancing, make different shapes, follow different paths, and learn to move in different directions, like going over a bar, under a hurdle, and through a rolled up mat. We learn about our personal space, how to make ourselves smaller and larger, and to move at different levels. Ms. Smith calls it movement education. It’s a lot of fun.”
After a month of listening to what Susie was doing in physical education class, Mr. Jones became concerned because she was not learning any sport skills. After all, he did not want the time he had spent with Susie in the backyard teaching her skills or the large amount of money he spent on private instruction to be wasted. He decided to meet with Ms. Smith to find out why the children were not being taught sports. He knew that to be a star athlete, you had to start young and dedicate yourself to being the best. He arranged a conference with Ms. Smith.
At their meeting, Mr. Jones, voiced his concerns to Ms. Smith about what the children were learning in physical education class. “Why aren’t they taught gymnastics or basketball or tennis? Why are they doing all these silly activities?”
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