I just started eighth grade, and at some point I'll have to run the mile. I was just wondering, do you think it should be an option to run the mile, or should it be required?
Answer by ageekmom · Sep 12, 2010 at 04:18 PM
With the childhood obesity rate now so high the current generation of young children has a lower life expectancy than their parents do (Source: <http://healthyamericans.org/newsroom/news/?newsid=2098>), I think the mile run should still be mandatory.
I survived running it in middle and high school despite asthma, and you can too. In fact, you may find you enjoy running on your own time (without a P.E. coach breathing down your neck.)
Answer by Feras · Sep 12, 2010 at 05:03 PM
Why should it be optional!? Do you think that math and science should be optional? No, because they get something out of it, they wouldn't do it if they thought you were not going to benefit from it. Also if you don't try something now you will never do it.
Answer by Ben Grant · Sep 12, 2010 at 04:30 PM
I think that without mandatory sports in school, children just won't get into sport. Without sports at school, I wouldn't be jogger or a rugby player, which I am now. And I owe that to the school making me participate in those sports.
Answer by recck · Sep 12, 2010 at 05:32 PM
Ever since 5th grade they've made us run the mile. Now that I'm in college they don't make us do anything we don't want to, except really encourage us to go to class.
My campus is huge though (RIT), so even just walking to and from class to my dorm is about 2 miles a day. Some days I can walk 4 miles, for 2 classes, if I choose to go back to my dorm after the first one is over.
The mile shouldn't be graded on your time, but rather whether you complete it or not. 4 laps around a quarter mile track, run or walk. People in high school are mostly embarrassed to run the mile because they're the last ones to finish and people have no decency anymore.
Answer by r0bErT4u · Sep 12, 2010 at 05:52 PM
That was one of my favorite classes growing up! We had a lazy P.E. Teacher that would have us run Green Lake often. That's 2.8 mile (4.5 kilometer), then shower & change in time for our next class. One mile is nothing =0p...
Physical Education (P.E.) (often abbreviated Phys. Ed. or P.E.) or gymnastics (gym or gym class) is a course taken during primary and secondary education that encourages psychomotor learning in a play or movement exploration setting.
Answer by yourfriendbob · Sep 23, 2012 at 09:14 PM
im in the 8th grade too, and as a student i dont think it should be mandatory. it should be up to the family. however, it does help you long term and i'm ok with running every week. (despite how bad i am)
Answer by DJ Scooby Doo · Sep 23, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Well, according to this as of today's date 23 September 2012, he's a 10th grader, so this won't be much help now.
I ran the mile when I was in 6th grade, and up to 8th grade in Riverbank State Park's running track, http://goo.gl/lkW41, every day. I think it does help with your stamina, although I lost that stamina a long time ago. You should run that mile everyday, and work up to 2, 3, even 10 miles. Hell, run the NYC marathon which is about 26.2 miles. That would work up a sweat!
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