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June 6, 1959

The Principles of Physical Education

JAMA. 1959;170(6):754-755. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010060122034

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For nearly half a century the author has been a potent leader and a powerful influence in shaping the direction of physical education in the United States. Physical education, as he has conceived it, is education through the physical and not merely of the physical. As such it has the same objectives as all of education, with physical activities as its tools for learning. In a democracy, natural activities, sports, and games are a better expression of national philosophy than the formal gymnastics which stem from other cultures. This new edition is a reaffirmation of these principles in the light of contemporary conditions and problems.

Consistent with his philosophy of physical education the author lists its contributions to education as development of organic systems, development of neuromuscular skills, development of interest in play and recreation, and development of standards of behavior. Each of these achieves its fullest realization only with

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