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Physical Education Philosophy

Physical education provides students with the knowledge, processes, and skills to become physically educated, physically fit and responsible in their physical activity choices and behaviors for a lifetime.  Virginia's standards for physical education are grouped into five strands:  skilled movement, movement principles and concepts, personal fitness, responsible behaviors and physically active lifestyle.

A physically educated person:
  1. Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
  2. Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
  3. Participates regularly in physical activity.
  4. Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
  5. Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
  6. Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.
Source:  Moving Into the Future, National Standards for Physical Education (2nd ed. 2003)