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The Hidden Costs of P.E.

Sep 19, 2019 | 5 videos
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Kids hate gym class. That truism transcends generations. The reasons, though, are starting to come into focus—and they make a convincing case for the restructuring, if not complete elimination, of physical-education programs.


In a new episode of The Idea File, the Atlantic staff writer Alia Wong exposes the hidden costs of P.E. and deconstructs its negligible impact on physical fitness.

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Authors: Catherine Spangler, Vishakha Darbha, Jackie Lay

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Deconstructing the way we live, with The Atlantic's writers