Excuse the Pupil or Adapt the Program?

Kelly, Ellen
March 1956
Education Digest;Mar1956, Vol. 21 Issue 7, p42
This article discusses factors which motivate a pupil to seek a quasi-medical excuse from physical education programs. One reason is the pupil's dislike to be placed in a position of inferiority. The pupil may have skills below the average of the class as a whole. Then if his skill is an object of ridicule, or if he is ignored, he soon seeks an excuse. Another factor is the program environment. Physical-education facilities at schools suggests a lack of sanitation due to being overcrowded and its location. Too often parents are even less well acquainted with the value of physical education and may back up the dissatisfied pupil and put pressure on the family physician.


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