Johann Bernhard Basedow Introduces Gymnastics in the Classroom
Johann Bernard Basedow was one of the first men to realize the importance of physical activity in school, he included gymnastics as a part of the curriculum along with summer classes, and had students wear a specific uniform to make sure they had un-restricted movement in class.
Friedrich Jahn Developed a System of Physical Education
The father of gymnastics, Friedrich Jahn, developed a system of physical education to showcase his deep sense of patriotism in 1810. His goal was to help create a strong and fearless youth who would help secure the freedom of Germany.
Catherine Beecher creates Hartford Seminary For Girls
She believed, "When physical education takes the proper place in our schools, young girls will be trained in the class-rooms to move head, hands and arms gracefully; to sit, to stand, and to walk properly, and to pursue callisthenic exercises for physical development as a regular school duty as much as their studies".
Charles Beck become the first Physical Education Teacher in America
Charles Beck and Friedrich traveled to Switzerland, France, and America. While in America, Beck was offered a spot to teach German gymnastics at the Round Hill School, thus becoming the first Physical Education teacher in America in 1825.