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Opening Arguments

Gym dandy

State Sen. Dennis Kruse has intoduced a lot of oddball and meddlesome education bills in this session of the General Assembly. Finally he hits on one that's not a bad idea:

Doctors and fitness experts agree that the more you move, the healthier you are.

State Sen.Dennis Kruse (R-District 14) said that’s the principle behind his proposed legislation.

“I met with the Indiana State Medical Association and they are very concerned with obesity,” Kruse said.

Kruse is sponsoring a bill currently in the Senate Committee for Education and Career Development that would require 30 minutes of physical activity each day for Indiana students in grades K-12.

He said right now there are no standardized Physical Education requirements statewide.

“One of the schools in my area doesn’t even have P.E. or recess and it was an uproar in the community,” said Kruse.

High school gym class was one of those things many of us bitched about at the time but came to appreciate having gone through -- sort of like Army basic training. A healthy mind and a healthy body go together, right? So mandatory gym class is just as appropriate as mandatory English and math classes. And schools are cutting back on the physical requirements at the very time when students are starting to stay in their rooms playing with social media all the time.

And gym, OK? Not P.E., please.