Gym Bill could change school curriculum Submitted: 01/31/2014
EAGLE RIVER - Elementary school kids could spend more time in gym class if state legislators get their way. The gym bill would require all Wisconsin elementary school kids to get half an hour of physical education every day. Some teachers and doctors believe this will prevent obesity. But some argue it would hold kids back from learning other skills.

"Our teachers do an excellent job at teaching life skills. Cross country skiing, they do skating, golfing, snowshoeing. If we had to do it five days a week for 30 minutes, we wouldn't have time to teach those things anymore," said Eagle River Principal Tony Duffek. Students at Eagle River Elementary school have 45 minutes of gym class three times a week. They also have recess every day. Administrators believe it's more important for students to learn math and science during that time. They also say it's up to parents to make sure their kids have physical activity. "At some point, the responsibility has to be within the homes and with the parents. And looking at what kind of physical activity can these students get on the weekend," said District Administrator Mike Ritchie. Eagle River Elementary students can also participate in physical activity programs before school starts.

Story By: Karolina Buczek

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