Laws are created, amended, passed, vetoed and so on across our country all the time. For example, the Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA), enacted on July 1, 1997, has strict specifications for obtaining a driving permit and license. This legislation was enacted in an attempted to allow teenage drivers to safely gain driving experience thereby reducing the number of accidents they are involved in. I think we can all agree that it is a good idea to keep our little friends on the kindergarten hall from driving to school every morning!
The Georgia General Assembly is currently considering a bill, Senate Bill 474 (SB 474), that would directly impact you. This bill is known as the “Student Health and Fitness Act”. It would require that each student in elementary school participate in 150 minutes of Physical Education a week, which is the equivalent of 30 minutes a day. This legislation is intended to help prevent childhood obesity. To read SB 474 just go here. I’ve highlighted some of the parts I thought you might find interesting.
As a democratic society, we have the right and obligation to voice our thoughts about these matters. I have contacted members of the Georgia House of Representatives and Georgia Senate to express my opinions, but I’m interested in knowing what you think. Remember that you currently have P.E. two times a week for 45 minutes (or 90 minutes a week). We are 60 minutes below what the legislation proposes. Consider the possibility of having P.E. everyday for 30 minutes. Does that sound good to you? What if having 30 minutes of P.E. a day meant that you would no longer have Art, Music and Computer Lab? Does that change your opinion? Do you think 30 minutes would be enough time to use the pedometers, heart rate monitors and other cool equipment we have? You are all such smart boys and girls that I cannot wait to hear what you have to say. And maybe after you share your ideas with me I will tell you my opinion on the subject!
I spoke with a Georgia State Senator on Friday about SB 474. He is a member of the group that wrote and proposed this legislation. In our conversation he assured me that including the additional P.E. time would not result in the elimination of Art, Music or Computer Lab. I thought that was great news and something that you all needed to know!