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Let’s Get Physical

Some heavy lifting on physical education in Ontario.

By Steve Brearton

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Infographic illustrating statistics about education in Ontario. Long description follows.
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An illustrated infographic titled By The Numbers: Let's Get Physical, Some heavy lifiting on physical education in Ontario by Steve Brearton The infographic is divided into seven sections.

The first section is titled 20-Minuite Workout and says, "In 2005 the Ministry of Education introduced 20 minutes of required daily physical activity at the elementary level."

The next section is titled, Active Service and lists the following data for the percentage of elementary schools with a full- or part-time phys. ed. teacher: 30% in 2005. 41% in 2007. 40% in 2009. 43% in 2011. 45% in 2013.

The next section is titled Keeping Score and lists the following data for changes in physical activity requirements throughout the year: at the elementary level, in 1887. there were 150 minutes required whereas in 2013 there were 100 minutes required. At the secondary level, in 1887 there were 150 minutes requires whereas in 2013 one credit was required. The next section is titled, In The Zone and says, "The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology suggests 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily activity. 7% of Canadians aged 5 to 11 meet these requirements and 4% of Canadians aged 12 to 17 meet these requirements."

The next section is titled Team Player and says "25% of secondary students are involved in inter-school sports."

The next section is titled Cooling Down and lists the following data for the percentage of high school students who took gym in 2006: 90% of grade 9 students. 50% of grade 10 students. 43% of grade 11 students. 36% of grade 12 students.

The next section is titled Romper Room and cites the following quote from John Millar, Ontario Deputy Minister of Education in 1896: 'It is no harm to allow girls to romp and take abundance of outdoor recreation. Every school yard should have a portion fenced off for the girls, where they may play ball, lawn tennis, or other games. More physical vigor, and less music and painting, would not harm many young women.'