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Development of Physical Education
1st Teacher of Physical Education
Johann Bernhard Basedow was the first ever physical education teacher recorded.
He was involved in his own school in Dessau, Germany where he promoted the importance of physical exercise to his students.
Johann's school included a special portion of time for physical training involving fencing, horseback riding, dancing, and ball games.
Johann and his school was the first spark to the long road leading up to today's involvement with physical education.
Denmark's Bill of 1814
Hartford Seminary For Girls
Catherine Beecher opened a private school for girls called Hartford Seminary.
She shared her ideas on physical education by teaching her students aerobics.
Catherine was also known for weighing the food before her students would eat.
This was the one of the many first schools that promoted and shared a healthy lifestyle for females.
Round Hill School
1st P.E. Teacher in America
Charles Beck became known as the first professional P.E. teacher in America.
He created the first outdoor gym where he held a gymnastics program.
Physical sports became popular under Charles's influence.
Charles spirit for the importance of physical education in the United States began to cause people to question their current lifestyles.
First College Gym
1st Turnverein in the United States
1st City Requires P.E. in School
Until this time physical education was not required in schools.
Boston became the first city to demand that P.E. should be in every school's curriculum.
As soon as Boston demanded this requirement it took little time for cities surrounding the area to soon implant the same policy.
Around this time the United States started to believe that physical education might not be a bad idea after all.
Vassar College Creates A P.E. Program for Women
1st State to Mandate P.E.
California became the first state in the United States to require all schools in the state to have physical education in the curriculum to keep their children active.
Many states in the United States began to follow California's path, and soon made policies of their own.
AAHPERD is Created
Association for the Advancement of Physical Education Formed
November 17, 1885
Boston Conference on Physical Training
NCAA is Created
National Education Association Claims that physical education "..promotes a healthy lifestyle"
HPER School is Created
President Eisenhower Recognizes the Importance of Physical Education
Brown vs. Board of Education
Public Law 90-170
1st Special Olympics
Federal Education Act
Americans with Disabilities Act
No Child Left Behind Act
WIC Reauthorization Act
SPARK Program Established
November 16, 2011
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