The case against mandatory phys ed in PSE

July 18, 2016

“Phys ed requirements are less common than they once were, but in some ways, more necessary than they’ve ever been,” writes Matt Reed for Inside Higher Ed, who nonetheless disagrees with recent calls to reinstate such requirements in American PSE. While Reed admits to the physical, cognitive, and mental health benefits of exercise, he argues that there is no readily available data available to suggest that students at schools with health and wellness requirements are healthier than students at schools without them. For this reason, Reed concludes that schools should remain committed to their academic missions “and let students make their own choices about their bodies.” Inside Higher Ed