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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Lethbriclge, Alberta. Tuesday, November 9, 1971 angng scene ly I'Vor.i the time of the ancient G ree k s when phy s i c a I ed ue a v. as an Integral part of the education of S p a r t a n youths, physical education, has gone tiirocgh such changes thai Socrates and Plato might wuti- de r a litile as to the new tnetV D'l of physical education. In the time of the Creek.-, edu; ion of youths pri- marily concerned wilh clo- velopment of hardy soldiers. Al- most every ynulh from the time he UTS able to run freely, went through a rigorous n-hy-fi- ca! t "idnirg program. T h e routine was rigorous and i. So much so was the a part of their training h became their wav of life. i and drink taken while dai'ring ami women were .-trona- u-Nirniing life. !c (J reeks, were to any one particular field. The great philosophers often noted and pointed out "that excessive em- phasis on athletes produced a pretty uncivilized type, while a purely literary and academ- ic training left a man with less backbone than is decent." The whole idea of Creek edu- cation then was to develop not two established types of educa- tion (literary and physical but to deal with the louiliu of tfie individual. Physical education remained unchanged for a few thousand of years. People kept to the idea that physical education should be as disciplined a> academies. There was Ix1 regular routine with not much variance. This type of education bo- canie extremely useful in times of threat of war. It wa.-. very convenient to establish system of exercising ami. at the .-.rune time and more impor- tant h training the militia. A central group leader could at his beck a hundred men run- ning on the spot or doing push ups. In this mnnuer, (he men wore kept in good physical condition and at the same time ..he program acted as a mechan- ism to keep the men alert to commands. So once again, physical education played an important role in the training men. In the latter part of the and early part of the 20th cen- turies, a gradual change oc- curred. The thought of war distant in the minds of men a.-. society became more affluent A new ''thing" came into every family's life leisure time. A strange creature it was What were people going to do with this newfound gift? Today leisure lias not been .1 ISoon as many thought but CM.S hcennie a problem. we nil sit around and roalt.v l.ha: tN? ofnuonl society lias made it possible to live life without every doing much to keep our bod ies fit. We d r i ve ca rs t o work, si i and wat ;'h our two and eat as much v.e education, broa-'lly uu responded to the ddently. after to the present, all is have come out our fate. Governments are organizing and standing behind physical fitness pnrgi ams in Lin effort not only to keep the eotnt.ry on a standard physical fitness, but also to help ycuug and old aiike. somrUung to do with lei- sure time. The slow change has been felt in the schools around Liu1 country und in particular out- local Physical programs have been altered from (he military procedure to a new methodology. We, physi- cal educators are looking ahead to when students will have finished school and are out on their own. Programs are considering more and more ac- tivities that have a high "carry over" valve. (What you learn in school to use r.i'tcr class ex tracurriculnrly and later on when school days are over1. We try to provide the stu- dents uitii the facilities in to cope with leisure time. New activities nix- encouraged and the core subjects such as foot- ball and basketball are being somewhat curtailed in the ath- letic program. Many new and no so new ac- tivities have come to the fore The not-so-new in I r a-mural flag football and basketball games have been a mainstay in u school's physical education pro- gram. In our area, seme new ;'c-ii'. ities have blossomed. Vol- leybaii has been coming into its own over I he past five years and recently floor hockey has made great impression on the junior :md senior ytudrMts Other activities which have a high carry over value am) which the students enjoy are badminton, s w i m in i n g and gymnastics. Two activities which have just recently been introduced to the physical education program and which perhaps have the greatest carry-over value to the individual are camping and hik- ing, and survival training. Tltose two activities wi 1 1 soon common place in the schools physical education pro- gram. Not only do they develop in the student a sense of re- confidence and in- dependence luil also fulfill tin- aim of which we are concerned leisure. A siudenf or small group can go out into the virgin area.-, and feel confident thai (hey will enjoy themselves ;md explore the outdoors first 1'iu sit al eiim-a; ion lias come a long v.ay from the time of ih'1 and Around the hoop at Senator Buchanan School Role of physical education A pliy.siral cinii'.iiiiin pnt niiiv U'ai n It's- TS in Ihi'ir rx-oryuay n n social ol.jn-iiv.-.s of lir.-.'rn n-al life- rn! all 'caiii --It.i J-maa-mp. placv. n..t all first moans Imns Tliorc is no nirrc iv: nol all i-ivoivo the ac- humble in viciory aiui "raoioiiy Ylore laslin.i; Icvi'li-v. oi- com ilaiiv. rrnown of Hi.- IHT.I. in defoal It cUwly approaches ion dciiiMiilrator of inleu'si il Hiat are a'i iiioal of (ho Golden Hiilo .--porK pa.a'. for in liv- unto ;ls vol, isi'.-.n 1T1- hi'.ve ollier> do unto you are idrnee of llio nni ii; edn Jlar.y aclivilies are carviwi tak.-a in spi'i S catier. ;ire also wilh iv yoiiriL-. .ir.d ol.l alike. lr, I'.-hiH and r.riti-Ies or sex. rare nalio: lea-.T. play Ui.- irdu iduaJ follow in er rules spinls 'of ;