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N.C. State Considers Dropping P.E. Requirement For Students

Posted December 6, 2002

— Every year, 13,000 students at North Carolina State take physical education, but that could soon change after a new proposal.

Not everyone looks forward to P.E. class, but many students claim they are always glad they participate.

"I still felt better about myself," student Lauren Parrish said. "Your body feels better anytime you exercise."

N.C. State is talking about cutting out the P.E. requirement, which requires students to take two classes to graduate. Some students believe the requirement should stand.

"There are people who, if you didn't have PE, they would be constantly sitting around drinking beer, eating pizza, watching TV," student Anna Butler said. "So I think it's good you're made to do something."

Teachers say physical activity not only makes students healthier, it makes them ready to learn.

"You can't separate mind and body," P.E. teacher Charlie Patch said. "They're a single unit. To say they're separate - that your mind can do one thing and ignore the body - is dinosaurs' thinking."

The issue is ultimately up to the Provost.


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