Replace set curriculum with guided discovery

Replace set curriculum with guided discovery

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Nathan Auyeung started this petition to Dr. Jean Donahue

Many students at the Bronx High School of Science would like to be able to choose their own activity during gym, instead of having to cycle through various activities.  

It can be observed that more than a few students shuffle through their paces when being forced to participate in athletic activities that they don't want to.  Thus, their participation grades and mentality towards sports are both affected in a negative way.  Many students who would enthusiastically participate in an activity of their choice are left feeling awkward, out of place and/or bored.  This can affect students' attitudes toward classes that they have after gym.  Multiple studies have shown the dangerous effects of boredom on the brain, with research papers citing anxiety, lack of interpersonal skills, and poor academic/work performance as common consequences.  

Physical activity is undoubtedly important for one's health, which is why Bronx Science students should be encouraged to remain active.  The best way to do this is for students to choose their own activities, instead of being made to do something they have no interest in.  

 Other high schools in New York City already offer students their choice of activity in physical education.  Bronx Science deserves the same.  

 

 

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