In the early mornings, my clock radio kicks off the day with “Radio Romania” as part of the Canadian Broadcast Company’s morning programming (depending on how long I stay in bed, I can also hear English broadcasts from South Korea, Australia and Poland).
Not long ago, while rubbing the sleep from my eyes and nudging the dog off the bed, I overheard the Romanian announcers discussing the state of physical education and youth fitness in their country. The situation sounded familiar, yet different.
While a quick check in Wikepedia shows that physical education is mandatory in elementary school and that their system includes specialist PE high schools, Romanian physical education does have its problems – just as it does in North America.
Here is a short list of some of the problems they discussed. See how they compare to your own situation:
- Sports and PE facilities are becoming less available as schoolyards are sold to developers for apartments and other developments.
- When facilities do exist, they are often off-limits to students. Schools rent them out to clubs as a way to raise funds.
- Many students don’t take PE because they don’t wish to carry their gym clothing with them during the school day. The problem is that few Romanian schools have lockers.
- Kids prefer to take city buses to school when they could easily walk.
- Children often spending recess time playing video games.
From Radio Romania International, 2/12/09
Dick Moss, Editor,
[tags]physical education problems,Romania