I’ve commented before that childhood obesity is a fashionable cause to which Andrew Barr is partial. He’s now announced even more funding for specialist PE teachers in primary schools to enable “primary school teachers to deliver quality PE for students over the next three years”.
First of all, primary teachers are already qualified to deliver quality programs in all key learning areas across the curriculum. Secondly, if they’re not good enough in the area of PE, maybe we also need specialist science teachers, specialist art teachers, specialist literacy and numeracy teachers … you get my drift.
Interestingly, the study found “there is little evidence to say being overweight actually causes health problems, except by its influence on physical activity. Instead, a key factor influencing a child’s health is the level of physical activity they undertake.”