Physical education in the United States is regulated on a national scale. According to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, a PE program must be taught by a certified physical education specialist, teach curriculum that can be learned by all students, and offer material that is educational and appropriate. Also, NASPE states that elementary classes should have at least 150 minutes of PE per week and 225 minutes for secondary classes.
These regulations made me think about other countries and their physical education programs, and I was curious about what that looks like. So, I did the research and found out about PE across the world!
The China Law of Physical Education and Sport states that schools must allocate time for students to have PE in order to meet national fitness standards, offer after-school physical activities, training, and competitions, and conduct a physical examination of each student.
There are no national regulations for PE in Scotland. However, there is a non-departmental organization, Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS), that is sponsored by the government to support and develop public education curriculum. At the elementary level, PE is movement based. At secondary level, PE changes to focus on specialized skills and fitness.
The New Zealand Ministry of Education combines health education, physical education, and home economics to achieve 4 goals of the curriculum framework. The 4 goals are: personal health and physical development, movement concepts and motor skills, relationships with other people, and healthy communities and environments.
PE is 1 of 10 Core Domains of Education in the Hungarian National Core Curriculum (NCC). There are 4 key concepts: health improvement and healthy physical development, improving fitness and mental adaptation and condition, transmission of knowledge about exercise, and entertainment, joy, satisfaction, and the desire to compete.