I’m lovin Michelle Obama’s new initiative to improve the health of our kids:
Yesterday, I had a conversation with a friend about the cutting of music, art and physical education in schools. We started to talk about what we remembered in grades K-12… I remember paper-macheing my face in 1st grade to make a mask that we later painted and bedazzled– and I’ll never forget the poor kid who forgot to put the vaseline on his face before the paper mache– that stuff seriously dries like concrete. I also remember playing TV tag in gym class, having jump rope contests, running around crazy in recess… I remember playing a recorder and a ukulele in music class. I can’t say that I remember anything about my geometry or calc classes… physics was a blur… I hated civics and social studies during those years… typing class was a complete joke…
The impersonal, sedentary, emotionally-devoid style of education we are pressing on our children is likely sucking away much of their later passion for learning. This stage of life should be an opportunity to enliven and enrich the many ways of knowing, begin healthy lifestyle behaviors, develop a passion for learning and an ability to think diversely and compassionately about our life on this earth.
Sorry, that was a tangent. What I love most about this campaign is its focus on attending to the real issues that are contributing to childhood obesity. This isn’t some lame “Exercise More!” campaign. Part of the mission of the campaign is to actually improve the quality of food served in schools, create more opportunities for physical activity in schools and to make healthy foods more accessible and affordable to families. Right on.
I’m curious to know… what classroom experiences do you remember best from your K-12 days?