Life Concepts (Online)


Johann Friedrich Simon

Jan 1, 1774
  1. Johann Friedrich Simon was the First Modern Physical Education teacher; he was a part of the curriculum at Johann Basedow's Philanthropinum in Dessau, Germany.
  2. His activities included fencing, horseback riding, dancing, and different types of ball games.

Beginning Development Of Physical Training

Jan 1, 1810
  1. Friedrich Jahn was known as the father of gymnastics and began working outdoors with his students playing games as well as taking them on long hikes.
  2. He was motivated to develop the system of physical training because of Germany's involvement in the Napoleonic wars.
  3. He was developing this system in hopes of creating a strong and fearless youth who could help to defend Germany if something like that were to ever happen again.

First Physical Education Teacher in America

NOV 2, 1825
  1. Charles Beck was the first formal instructor of physical education in the country.
  2. The Round Hill School was the first to make physical education an important part in an educational curriculum.
  3. The popularization of physical education went hand in hand with the popularization of sports.

Vassar College created program for physical training

JAN 1, 1861
  1. It was the first degree-granting institution of higher education for women in the United States.
  2. It became coeducational in 1969, and now has a gender ratio at the national average.
  3. Vassar College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York, in the United States.

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Nov 2, 1910
  1. The NCAA was created as an outcome of the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States.
  2. The presidents of five major institutions like Army, Navy, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale Army gathered to decide how to make college athletics safer, and as a result of that NCAA was born.

Title IX

NOV 2, 1972
  1. Title IX was a breaking movement that opened the door for women in fitness.
  2. Title IX was written as a byproduct of the successful passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which was written in order to end discrimination in various fields based on biological sex, perceived/actual religion, race or color, perceived or actual age, and national origin in the areas of employment, and public accommodation.[

Americans with Disabilities Act

Jan 1, 1990
  1. This act mandated an end to discrimination against individuals based on disabilities.
  2. The five areas this law addressed included employment practices, public accommodations, public services, transportation, and telecommunications.
  3. In accordance with sport and physical education, the law requires that all sport and recreational.
  4. Facilities must provide for equal access to individuals with disabilities.

No Child Left Behind Act

Jan 1, 2001
  1. This Act of Congress was a reauthorization and major revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
  2. It was originally proposed by President George W. Bush and required states to develop assessments in basic skills to be given to all students’ grades 3-8 if those states are to receive federal funding for education.
  3. This Act relates to all aspects of a child's educational success, including that of physical education.

Individual With Disabilities Education Improvement Act

Nov 2, 2005
  1. The Individuals with Disabilities Act, Public Law 108-466 was passed on this day as an amendment to the original IDEA, and states: "physical education is a required service for children and youth between the ages of 3-21 who qualify for special education services because of a specific disability or developmental delay."

Spark Program

November 16, 2011
  1. SPARK strives to improve the health of children, adolescents, and adults by disseminating evidence-based Physical Education, After School, Early Childhood, and Coordinated School Health programs to teachers and recreation.
  2. Each SPARK program fosters environmental and behavioral change by providing a coordinated package of highly active curriculum, on-site teacher training, extensive follow-up support, and content-matched equipment