A Call to Action: Oregon Needs YOUR Help Tonight

To the almost 25,000 champions for physical and health education who follow the PHYSEDagogy community, I have a very personal ask of you tonight.  Oregon students need your help in advocating for quality physical education. The state’s largest district, Portland Public Schools, announced a proposed budget on Monday, June 8th that falls on the backs of elementary physical education. Here is the relevant slide from their presentation: This is a 16% reduction of their entire PE staff district wide and all of the cuts would be at the elementary level. Also, you won’t… Read More

Voices of #PhysEd: Let’s Talk About Privilege

I have been trying to refine my understanding of privilege lately. Merriam-Webster’s first definition comes close:  “a right or benefit that is given to some people and not to others.” Google’s first option : “a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group” is also helpful.  The reason is this: when people of color speak of privilege, the first association is with white privilege: advantages which white members of society enjoy as a result of their being white. This in turn implies that people of color in the… Read More

Voices of #PhysEd: Not “Black” Enough?

I have always been aware of my race. I was made to be. Growing up in a predominately black area it was obvious that I didn’t fit the black ‘stereotype’. Promoting stereotypes is never a productive practice. They limit potential and label unnecessarily. The people who hype the black stereotype are the same people who scoff at being labeled in the first place = my classmates, my “friends”.