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Should swimming lessons be mandatory in schools? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2019-11-13 17:30:54 |Display all floors
Guangdong province is set to include swimming courses in the primary schools' mandatory physical education programs starting from 2020, a move to further improve the students' all-around development, The Paper reported on Wednesday.

According to a plan recently released by the province, primary schools must ensure at least four PE lessons a week for students in the first and second grades. Students from above second grade in primary schools up to third grade in middle schools have to take three PE lessons a week.

In addition, primary and middle schools should guarantee an hour of on-campus physical activities to the students, while encouraging PE assignments after school.

The plan specified swimming courses will be given in primary schools, proposing they take place from the fourth grade. The education authorities at the county level are required to seek support from local government to ensure each county or district has at least two or three swimming pools for teaching and training.

Moreover, the plan called on schools to teach soccer in PE classes.

With the aim of highlighting physical education's role in its education system, the province urged high schools and colleges to give more consideration in admissions to students' PE class attendance, requiring sports and health test scores at not less than 8 percent of the total score.

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Physical Education or PE should include swimming. It is an activity that exercises the entire body evenly.
Making it mandatory is to ensure that all students could swim. Soon, after a generation or two; almost everyone of them could swim.



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Post time 2019-11-16 21:30:53 |Display all floors
Most of the primary schools don't have swimming pools I suppose, then how do the schools meet the madatory requirements? Sending the kids to commercial swimming pools outside or any government sponsored pools? How to arrange the transport with so many schools and so many students, and how to ensure safety on the road?

I don't see anything concrete in the plan except for the empty words "The education authorities at the county level are required to seek support from local government to ensure each county or district has at least two or three swimming pools for teaching and training."

I'm not against these measures, they mean well, but let's first ensure those PE programs we already have be executed faithfully. Mandatory? how to ensure it's mandatory, so many schools cancel PE classes at will, never heard anyone was punished because of it? we don't need any more rhetoric which are not meant to mean anthing but useful materials which can be put in reports so someone can get promotion.

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