Kaylee Bonilla, 15, from East Boston, thinks that learning how to stay fit is an important part of the school day.
“Gym offers so much for students, such as a healthy-maintained lifestyle,” Bonilla says.
Phys-ed classes have long been a staple of the traditional American school system.
But over time, teens say, some programs have not remained as muscular as they could be.
And for many, that’s just fine.
“Physical education doesn’t teach the reading, and writing skills we need,” says Jovana Michel, a sophomore at New Mission High School. “It doesn’t teach basic math skills that we will need in the long run.”
Others feel, though, that their gym instruction comes on too strong.
“I am told when to work out and how many hours I have to work out,” says Shameka Joseph, a senior who goes to school in Dorchester. “You should be able to choose and be productive at the same time without feeling forced.”