The Georgia Senate passed HB 229, which requires students taking gym complete a physical fitness test once a year. The bill, which already passed the state House, now goes to Gov. Perdue for his signature.
The bill aims to combat the problem of childhood obesity. Also, parents will get annual reports on their child’s fitness. (Although one has to wonder if parents really need a school to tell them if their child is healthy.)
The question, however, is how schools will “test” physical fitness? Some say schools could use the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge, which includes running, push-ups and sit-ups.
Of course, the state could develop a new test for schools to use.
What type of test should schools use? How do you feel about schools measuring kids’ fitness – is this something educators should even be charged with doing?