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Schools Should Question the Wisdom of Cutting P.E. Classes

Telling a student to "just sit still" is often not the answer to academic achievement. According to a post on the New York Times "Well" blog, a study published last year in the "Journal of Pediatrics" found that a student's attentiveness improved significantly more after a bout of exercise than a quiet reading session. (Researchers were looking particularly at the effects of exercise on students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.)
"While there were few measurable differences in any of the children's scores after quiet reading, they all showed marked improvements in their math and reading comprehension scores after the exercise. More striking, the children with A.D.H.D. significantly increased their scores on a complicated test," the blog post explains.
Tell us something we don't already know. Clearly, America's schools shouldn't be so quick to cut P.E.

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