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From the Torygraph:
UK Sport chief: Primary pupils 'unable to run or jump'

Thousands of “physically illiterate” children are starting secondary education unable to throw a ball, catch, jump or run, according to the head of UK Sport.

Rising numbers of pupils can “hardly move” at the age of 11 because of a lack of specialist PE teachers in primary schools, it was claimed.

Baroness Campbell said there was a danger that the Olympic legacy may be wasted as schools fail to convert a wave of goodwill towards sport into actual participation.

In other news, the ECB announced today that '"physical illiterates"' 'unable to throw a ball, catch, jump, or run' are being offered central contracts to field at slip for England.

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nursedarry From: nursedarry Date: January 17th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't know about PE teachers, but my kids' school's H&S rules keep them from doing almost anything active outside Sports Day activities.
pathology_doc From: pathology_doc Date: January 18th, 2013 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
And then they have the gall to whine about childhood obesity. "Health" and safety my arse. Fear of litigation is all that it's about.
nursedarry From: nursedarry Date: January 18th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, of course. They dug up their playground and replaced it with lovely tarmac. Which no one can play on, so it's this big empty grey square with nothing on it.

Oh wait, there's a bin that's been tipped over on it. Probably full of needles.... I need to move. Or win the lottery.
steepholm From: steepholm Date: January 17th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unable to jump? I think there's an elephant in the room.
taradiane From: taradiane Date: January 17th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed.
inamac From: inamac Date: January 17th, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
My dog can do all that. He didn't need a PE teacher.

And I constantly have to dodge kids playing games all over our local recreation ground with their friends and parents.

Of course, if all the schools hadn't sold their playing fields to building companies....
eglantine_br From: eglantine_br Date: January 17th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
My daughter went to a school here where the children were not allowed to run ever, or to have any physical contact with each other.

PE was and exception-- 20 minutes twice a week.

Of course, if you turn kids loose after school they will run and climb and fight like the little mammals they are. (Girls too.) But, at least over here, a lot of people are afraid to do that.
pathology_doc From: pathology_doc Date: January 18th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
the children were not allowed to run ever, or to have any physical contact with each other.

I never thought we would see the intersection of schoolyard fascism and snivelling cowardice, but there you go. I've known decent (female!) teachers complain that they're not allowed to console a hurt and crying child in the playground in case it's perceived as molestation. Sickening.

they will run and climb and fight like the little mammals they are. (Girls too.)

Took the family to Australia for Christmas. Both came home with skinned knees - my daughter worse, if anything. I think this is a good sign.
taradiane From: taradiane Date: January 17th, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Most of my childhood injuries happened on the school playground during recess - usually from doing one of the aforementioned activities. It was glorious. You didn't have proper fun unless you went home with a skinned knee and a few grass stains.

eglantine_br From: eglantine_br Date: January 19th, 2013 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember being a kid, a little girl, and the feeling of my skinned knees going under the bathwater at night, that sudden sting, for just a minute, and then you are fine and you can clean them. My mother always said if you were all scaped up and covered with dirt you had had a good day.
eglantine_br From: eglantine_br Date: January 18th, 2013 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Hopscotch is good too-- but you have to let kids draw on the ground for that, and some people won't.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: January 18th, 2013 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure about the lack of specialist teachers necessarily being the problem. We didn't have a PE specialist at my primary school, but I always got on reasonably well with the sport periods, despite being a clumsy child and a slow runner who probably did qualify as a 'physical illiterate', though that's a term which causes me some linguistic pain. It was the sheer hell of secondary school PE (where we did have specialists) that put me off sport.
leemarchais From: leemarchais Date: January 19th, 2013 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that's a world-wide thing in developed countries. Though, it's very sad that this is report from the head of UK sport.
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