Draft P.E. standards place emphasis on teaching life skills

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News



New state physical education standards being drafted by the Nebraska Department of Education place more emphasis on teaching fitness and life skills over traditional team sports.

Members of the State Board of Education previewed a draft of the standards Thursday. The draft was crafted by a team of educators from public and private Nebraska schools, colleges and universities.

The standards stress fitness and healthy habits like the existing standards do, but state Department of Education physical education specialist Julane Hill said it also spells out specific skills students should learn in each grade and how that learning should progress from year to year.

In kindergarten, for instance, students are expected to learn to hop and throw underhand.

The State Board of Education is expected to vote on a final draft in October.