Should Secondary Schools Increase or Decrease the Time of Physical Education?

Journal: Region - Educational Research and Reviews DOI: 10.32629/rerr.v3i4.565

Meixue Gao

Hebei Hengshui Middle School


Although physical education is considered an essential part of the secondary school curriculum, the importance of physical education varies significantly from country to country. Some schools provide enough time for the sports curriculum; in contrast, many secondary school physical education programs are replaced by math and language subjects. This paper discusses whether secondary schools should increase or decrease the time of physical education by studying the positive and negative effects that physical education may bring to secondary school students. It evaluates some of the key controversy issues and arguments like the relationship between sports curriculum and physical health and mental health, and the relationship between the physical education and academic performance. Based on this, it argues that secondary schools should increase the time of physical education, or at least provide them with adequate time. It also concludes that physical education curriculum is a kind of sports behavior with educational value, the benefits it brings to students far outweigh the harm it does to them, and the damage can be avoided by correct PE teaching methods. Therefore, secondary schools should increase the time of physical education.


physical education; secondary school; physical health; mental health


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