The research highlights physical education influences and reflects the values of society, and the kind of society we desire to have. It is vital, therefore, to accept and recognize a set of common values and purposes in the school curriculum that is broad and balanced. This leads to a holistic development which has various orientations including individual, cultural and social orientations.
As the papaper stresses pervasive factors contributing to varied notions on physical education in schools are depicted in the development of curriculum, the time allocation and priority assigned to other subjects. Inadequate resources, deficiencies in numbers of qualified physical education and poor attitudes of significant individuals such as head teachers, also contribute to the diverse perceptions. Time allocation is an issue that is generally complicated by localized control of curricula and practices of offering subject options or electives, which provide less opportunities and interest for additional engagement in physical education and/or school sport activity. Physical education is faced with the consequences of the global financial and economic crisis. This is evidenced by the words of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who proposed trimming state money for physical education classes leaving athletic programs at the two-year schools in doubt. The attitude of secondary school teachers towards physical education depends on their experience in the field. ...Show more