I feel like physical education is a wasted class because it does very little to actually keep students active. Sports and students who join sports teams are the active ones. Most kids just hate physical education so it makes no sense why it is considered important. Am I wrong in my thinking here?
It isn't just about exercise but learning how to work as a team. When I was in school, we often did group teams and did sports or games that involved us working together to win.
Considering that students are sitting all day and only getting up in between classes, it is a good measure to ensure that they are getting physical activity. Did you read the studies on how bad sitting is for us?
The obvious reasons have already been stated but I also feel it is important for children to learn their bodies. You are able to do this by testing your strength and growing.
Given the overweight issues in the US right now, I think it is clear that physical education isn't doing a good enough job. If you look at any school in America, 50%+ are overweight and over 12% of them are obese.
Kids need to learn how to work as a team and be physical. Today, most kids go home after school and sit on their phones, computers, or in front of the TV. They don't go out and play like they used to.