There’s been a lot of buzz on education Web sites, blogs and listservs over a new rule saying Texas high school students will no longer be required to take health.
The Texas education commissioner said the requirement was dropped because of a new law increasing the number of electives high school students must take, according to the Associated Press. Instead of taking 3 1/2 electives, students will be required to take 6.
Texas officials said local school districts can still require health classes. Still, opponents say many students will no longer receive lessons about nutrition, sex education and other topics.
(As an aside, the state kept requirements for arts, PE and foreign languages.)
Georgia’s graduation rules, updated in 2007, require students take 1 unit of health/physical education to earn a diploma.
Should high school students be required to take health education?
NOTE: The Georgia Department of Education may release the annual AYP report today. I’ll post something once the report is released.