Yes that’s right. Sports, in school. While I am old enough to be able to cheekily quip “I remember when they played MUSIC VIDEOS on MTV”, it never really occurred to me that I would ever be old enough to say I could remember when they used to teach sports in school.
I admit, I grew up in the land of Hoosiers. If you didn’t have a basketball in your hand by the time you walked, they might send you for an evaluation. But, I remember distinctly from first grade on, that each six week-period in physical education was devoted to one sport. Basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis….each six weeks we learned the fundamentals of a basic sport and the last two weeks of that time frame we actually played games.
I learned this weekend at a birthday party that this isn’t the case anymore. My son was involved in a game of kickball. At the age of eight I was a kickball ninja. My mom actually got a call from school regarding whether or not it was appropriate how vigorously I played kickball in a dress.