John Ratey, MD wrote a book called Spark. He shares success stories including a high school in Chicago in which the PE teachers revolutionized how they taught PE class. The standardized test scores went up.It's an excellent book.
There are a lot of factors why kids may not do well in school. Exercise before school starts seems to "get the energy out" and helps kids retain more information and to learn better even if they've got terrible circumstances.
Exercise certainly might be a good thing to start earlier in life. My dad played baseball in high school and was quite good. Not good enough to go to do it professionally. Yet, he was dead set against exercise as a formal practice. He was hateful of PE class. It's not an exaggeration. At the time when my body was changing from child to adolescent, I gained lots of weight. I ran around the farm as a kid so I was literally a skinny stick of a kid. I had to learn to exercise once I left home.
School should be about reading, writing and arithmetic. A lot of kids don't get enough exercise especially today when parents are scared their kids will be kidnapped or killed and so kids stay stay inside "where it's safe".
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