Should H.S. Show Choir Students Be Able to Opt Out of Gym?

Students on school athletic teams and in marching bands are currently, under state law, allowed an exemption from physical education courses, according to the Daily Herald.

State Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, has drafted a proposal that if passed would allow Illinois high school students in show choir to opt out of physical education or gym classes, according to the Daily Herald. 

The proposed bill would authorize a school board to allow students enrolled in 9th through 12th grades — and also participating in a show choir program for credit — not to participating in physical education classes, according to Sandack's website. 

Students on school athletic teams and in marching bands are currently, under state law, allowed an exemption from physical education courses, according to the Daily Herald. 

Sandack's proposed bill also aims to allow students in 9th through 12th grades to opt out of physical education courses in exchange for participation in an interscholastic athletic program or to enroll in certain academic classes, according to Sandack's website. Currently, only 11th and 12th grade students are allowed to opt out of physical education course for that purpose. 

What do you think: Should show choir students be able to opt out of physical education courses? Let us know in the comments section. 
Judi Davenport February 22, 2014 at 08:43 AM
No! Many kids don't get enough exercise today.
Kent Frederick February 22, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Judi, if you are in a show choir, you are probably getting more exercise than in P.E., which involves a lot of standing around waiting your turn.
marty February 22, 2014 at 05:20 PM
I disagree a choir show opting out of gym. They do not get any physical exercises as someone in football, soccer, cross country and track. Band students march at games and practice during the summer months for the fall season. They also do extra marching in different many functions like parades, special events. Yes. Kids perform up front and sing beautifully it's an art. Maybe the present choir teacher can loose some pounds and be an example to choir students.
Kent Frederick February 22, 2014 at 09:16 PM
Have you ever been in a show choir? I had friends who were in show choir, and they got more exercise than I got in P.E., which was a lot of standing around waiting for my turn to do something. I would argue that there are plenty of P.E. teachers who could stand to lose some pounds. I had the track coach for P.E. Now, he was in great shape, if you looked at the photo of the state championship team in the 1950s, but by the late 70s, he was probably carrying an extra 30 pounds.
Cheryl White February 23, 2014 at 06:12 PM
Kids that are in sports and show choir will tell you themselves that showchoir rehearsals are more demanding than other sports. There is no standing around waiting on the bench or watching a couple people play. All students are performing all the time. If they have a good program they are dancing hard using alot of strength to show energy. Many kids come back after a 8 hour choreography day barely able to walk they are so sore. So, if you have never tried it, you have no idea what these kids have to do to be in a competitive show choir.
Gracious Athena February 24, 2014 at 05:36 AM
Having seen the yearly curriculum I am surprised this is even being debated. Downers Grove students receive the opportunity to learn many whole-life enhancing lessons in their physical education classes. I would suggest this curriculum be posted for review long before a vote is taken.
Courtney White February 24, 2014 at 12:37 PM
I agree. It's not just about getting out and moving. It's about learning how to do it appropriately. Athletics, band and show choir do not teach proper exercise techniques, exercise protocol or nutrition as it applies to health and wellness. If you can show me that students are truly LEARNING how to be healthy it these programs rather than being told what to do and when, then it could be an appropriate conversation.
AmyF February 24, 2014 at 03:11 PM
I haven't been in school for awhile, but when I was, PE was pretty much a joke. The only worthwhile part was Health class. If the participants of the sports teams are allowed to exempt gym, then why not all students? What about those who study ballet or gymnastics outside of the school? Exercise and nutrition are important, but are those things being taught in all PE classes?


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