January 26, 2009
Lisa Bakshi is a 2nd grade teacher in San Diego, California. She has been CrossFitting for a few years, and recently introduced CrossFit Kids workouts to her class. She has seen a statistically significant improvement in their academic performance. She wonders if there is something universally applicable here.
Fact 1: America is falling behind the rest of the world in the classroom.
Fact 2: Classroom time devoted to math and language arts—and to rigorous
testing of these subjects—has increased, and the time spent on exercise and physical education has decreased dramatically.
Fact 3: The U.S. is experiencing an unprecedented epidemic of childhood obesity, which has increased 35% in the past 10 years.
Question: Is there a causal relationship between these three facts? Could it be that the alarming declines in student health AND academic performance are both due to the lack of physical education? And, on the flip side, could restoring physical education to schools help restore America’s standing in the classroom?