PE Timeline

  • First Modern Physical Education Teacher

    Johann Friedrich was claimed to be the first modern physical education teacher, He taught in Dessau, Germany at a experiemental school where a lot of the curriculum at the school included physical training such as ball games, dancing, and fencing.
  • First PE Teacher in America

    Charles Beck was the first physical education teacher in America. He taught at the school at Round Hill. As sports became more popular, so did physical education. The first thing he tried implement into the program was gymnastics.
  • First College Gymnasium

    Havard, where Charles Beck eventually ended up teaching at created the first college gymnasium. Shortly after that, Yale followed the suit of Harvard and created a gymnasium in the same year.
  • Physical Education in California

    It's great to see that our own California was the first to create and pass a law that required all elementary and secondary schools to have a physical exercise program.
  • Olympic Games

    The first modern Olympic games were in 1896. In 1900, there were nineteen women that competed in the modern Olympic games.
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association

    The NCAA was created as an outcome of the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States. The presidents of five major institutions like Army (West Point), Navy, Harvard, Princeton,and Yale Army gathered to decide how to make college athletics safer, and as a result of that...
  • Title XI

    One of the biggest acts that still plays a key role in today's society, Title XI. "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." This was most benefical to women as they are now allowed to participate in sports at any level.
  • No Child Left Behind Act

    This act was one of the causes from the Brown vs. Board of Education case. It was a significant revising of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Former President George W. Bush required states to develp an annual test in basic skills to be given to all students from grades 3-8 if those states are to get any type of funding for education. Things are still in the works to help improve physical education programs to help prevent the obesity rate.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education

    A very significant turning points where all forms of segregation and discrimination, whether it was based on ethnicity, sex, religion, or even physical abilities were abolished. The great thing about this was since no students were able to be discriminated due to their physical abilities, schools had to change their curriculum so everyone would be able to participate. This was only the beginning of various acts that helped humans rights around not only the U.S. but the world as well.
  • Obesity in America

    It's clear that obesity is a major issue in America. Over 30% of U.S. adults and children are obese. Studies have shown that African-Americans are most prevelant to becoming obese followed by Hispanics. Asians aren't as prone to becoming obese.