The development and study of PE

Events

Vittorino da Feltre, an Italian physican, begins childhood physical education classes.

1420

Denmark's School Bill of 1814 introduced by Nachtegall establishes first ever mandatory physical education

1814

Charles Beck becomes first physical education teacher in U.S. at Round Hill School

1825

Charles Follen opens the first college gymnasium at Harvard

1826

The Normal Institute of Physical Education is founded in Boston.

1861

Amhearst becomes first college to establish a men's physical education program

1861

California becomes first state to pass physical education legislation.

1866

American Association for the Advancement of Physical Education founded (AAAPE)

1885

Ohio passes mandatory physical education law

1892

Playground Association of America founded

1906

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) formed

1906

Boy Scout Movement founded for promotion of physical recreation

1907

Results of the Kraus-Weber tests were published, which stated negative results of the fitness level comparisons between U.S. children and European children.

1953

In reaction to the Kraus-Weber test results in '53, President Eisenhower forms the Council on Youth Fitness

1955

AAHPER Youth Fitness Test established

1957

President Kennedy reforms the the Council on Youth Fitness started by Eisenhower and it ultimately becomes the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

1961

PEP (Physical Education for Progress Act) bill is approved by congress

2000

Bush Administration imposes a moratorium on the PEP bill

2001

Child nutrition and WIC reauthorization act

2004

childhood obesity is at an all time high

2017