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Subject: Physical Education
The word “gymnasium” comes from ancient Greece, where young men challenged one another with their physical skills. We don’t have a gym yet at Columbia, but in the more recent tradition of American education, we exercise our bodies as well as our minds.
Four mornings each week, weather permitting, students take fifteen minutes for a “walk/jog” of up to a mile. Upper grades also have something like a seventh-inning stretch late in the day, when they are expected to stand, do a few strength exercises and stretches, and visit the school library. These opportunities for exercise add to the recess that comes after lunch each day.
For instruction in physical activity and the stewardship of our bodies, we have one class segment each week reserved for Physical Education. They learn to apply themselves physically, so that their growing bodies may have good health, and better support their growing minds.