phys ed

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\ ˈfiz-ˈed How to pronounce phys ed (audio) \

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The Importance (Linguistic and Otherwise) of Physical Education

Physical education has existed since ancient times, but it wasn’t until several hundred years ago that the term itself (abbreviated as phys ed or PE) came into being. Its earliest known use comes, oddly enough, from a 1748 book titled Critical Reflections on Poetry, Painting, and Music: “Cannot some years prove more favorable than others to the physical education of children. . . ?” A few decades after these words were published, gymnasiums opened across Europe, especially in Germany, where gymnastics associations (or turnvereins) fostered physical health as well as civic involvement and cultural enrichment. Thanks in part to immigration, these clubs, and European enthusiasm for athletics in general, spread to the U.S. During the 19th century, American educators adopted European methods of teaching physical training, and both the word physical education and the phenomenon it represents became well established in this country.

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Recent Examples on the Web Mike Friskey, a phys ed and weight training teacher at Bel Air High School, was excited and poised to take over the Bobcats girls soccer program. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, "Mike Friskey taking over Bel Air girls soccer program," 12 Aug. 2020 To someone who couldn’t even get himself over the pommel horse in phys ed, this looked like a superpower. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Without Michael Bennett’s choreography, is it still ‘A Chorus Line’?," 30 Oct. 2019 Nicole Franklin, physical education teacher at Elmwood Park High School and a phys ed curriculum leader, expressed concernthat requiring two physical education courses for high school graduation instead of four could have negative repercussions. Rachel K. Hindery, chicagotribune.com, "Getting physical discussed in Elmwood Park," 24 June 2019 On this day at Wyoming High, the Calvin Johnson referee—who is a phys ed and AP History teacher when not on an NFL field—has put today’s assignment on the blackboard in this middle-class ’burb. Peter King, SI.com, "Game 150: The Crew," 5 Dec. 2013 Completing the mile in middle school phys ed was 13-year-old me's version of torture. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "I Rarely Run More Than 3 Miles at a Time—But I Still Deserve to Call Myself a Runner," 27 Sep. 2018 Karen Borrelli-Luke, a health and phys ed teacher in Camden, works at Dr. Charles Brimm Medical Arts High School, where kids are taught first aid and CPR. Kathy Boccella, Philly.com, "Nothing has stopped the wave of school shootings. Now districts are buying war-zone trauma kits," 11 June 2018 The school’s head teacher, Mandy Carter (Jo Joyner) is married to phys ed teacher Steve Bell (Paul Nicholls), which makes things bumpy on both the personal and professional levels. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "A curriculum of difference and identity at ‘Ackley’ high," 23 Feb. 2018 Outside job: High school history and phys ed teacher. Peter King, SI.com, "Game 150: The Crew," 5 Dec. 2013

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First Known Use of phys ed

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Phys ed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phys%20ed. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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phys ed

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