Hours of Physical Education
In 1990, the Belgian government approved a
law for 1 hour a day of physical education in schools. Since
then, the practice of Physical Education in their schools varies
from a minimum of 2 to 5 weekly sessions.
Several educational centers in Spain have been able to configure
their curriculum with 3, 4 and even 5 sessions of Physical
Education per week. There are schools that, in addition to the 2
hours per week of Physical Education (in general, divided into 2
sessions), develop "active breaks" of 15-20 minutes, to
complement the practices of this holistic education through
In any case, it is recommended for the integral education of the
individual to dedicate a minimum of 1 session of Physical
Education every day.
Physical Education Exemptions
In Catalunya, the government of the Generalitat has for
years granted exemptions from the subject of Physical
Education for the practice, more or less intensive (the
criteria have been varying), of a sport or activities such as
dance, a fact that shows a great lack of knowledge .
It is paradoxical to note that in Belgium the majority of
Top Sport Schools ("Schools of High Performance Sports")
maintain in their academic curriculum 2 sessions of Physical
Education per week up to the age of 18, while in the Public
Institute Center d'Alt Rendiment Esportiu de Sant Cugat del
Vallès, student athletes have been granted exemption in
Physical Education since the 1990s and, in addition, they have
been awarded an excellent grade in said subject until 2020.
With this type of exemption, as reported in writing in 2016 by a
group of Physical Education teachers from this center (Xavier
Torrebadella Flix, Àlex Planas Ballet and David Ribera Nebot):
a) students are deprived of the educational contents of
Physical Education (the practice of physical education and
the practice of a sport are different activities with different
objectives and contents), and
b) the students are being cheated by giving him a grade of
apt or excellent on some content (those of Physical Education)
that they do not develop.
The fact that inexperienced in Physical
Education are the ones who decide to grant exemptions from the
subject of Physical Education, apart from demonstrating a great
deal of ignorance, is a discredit for the Public Institute
Center d'Alt Rendiment Esportiu de Sant Cugat del Vallès, for
the CAR de Sant Cugat , for the Generalitat of Catalonia and for
the Public School.
The situation is as unfortunate as if a
student participating in a television singing competition was
granted an exemption in the subject of music or another student
participating in a poetry competition was granted an exemption
in the subjects of languages or that another student who plays
chess very well was granted an exemption from math.
There should be no
Exemption from Physical Education subject!!
The crux of the matter is whether the educational contents of
Physical Education are fundamental for the integral education of
the individual. It is evident that they are, and this is also
indicated in the official curriculum.
Fco. Seirul lo
Vargas points out since 1980, we must continue explaining and
claiming the high educational value of the practice of Physical
Education to configure the personality of the individual in all
its dimensions and thus contribute as a priority and
irreplaceable in the integral education of the individual.
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