With a few exceptions, I hated P.E. as a kid. Like the previous poster said, at best I was ignored, at worst I was picked on. To this day, I hate volleyball, jogging, running, kickball, and most other activities covered in my elementary school PE even though I enjoy swimming, biking, and most other activities not covered in PE. Even when playing volleyball with a bunch of very friendly and noncompetitive friends at Newman, I still flashed back to being the ten year old who got made fun of because she couldn’t hit the ball over the net. And no, the irony of the fact that my elementary school PE teacher must have weighed at least 300 pounds and could not do any of the exercises on her own does not escape me. High school PE was tolerable, but I still considered it a complete waste of time.
When completing my community college coursework, I decided not to get an associate’s degree prior to transfer because I didn’t want to take a 1 unit PE class, even as I biked to school. I had fulfilled all other requirements to get a fairly useless associate’s degree in social science. Retrospectively, I might have enjoyed a class in some sport I cared about. I even signed up for taekwondo in my senior year of college, but then I dropped it because I wanted to sleep in. As I have a bachelor’s in econ now, I don’t think an associate’s in social science would have affected my employability one iota.
Originally PE was introduced to keep high school students in good enough physical condition to be drafted. I think PE classes should focus more on healthy fitness/exercise habits and less on competitive sports. The jocks who actually enjoy that kind of thing already get that in their after school sports anyway.