Canada’s Schools Need A Fitness Revolution

One of the biggest factors driving increased government spending is the ever-increasing healthcare budget.

Healthcare spending is increasing at a rate above inflation and population growth, which is clearly unsustainable.

A big factor in this increased spending is the fact that our continuing medical advances are being “matched” by a decline in physical activity.

Current trends show these costs are set to explode, yet the government is ignoring the most simple way to fix it: Strengthening the physical fitness of Canada’s youth.

In 2016, ParticipAction gave Canada a D- for the physical activity rate of our country’s children. According to the report, only 9% of kids between the age of 5-17 get even the minimum amount of physical activity.

Canada falls behind numerous countries, including Kenya, Brazil, Mozambique, and Nigeria.

This is a disaster for the future of our healthcare system, and it’s also an indictment of our education system, which has managed to spend massive amounts of taxpayer money while often failing to provide even decent physical fitness programs.

A simple solution

Of course, the solution to this problem is relatively simple. Our schools need to more heavily emphasize physical education. And this doesn’t need to cost more money. Money can easily be shifted from our bloated university system and politically correct indoctrination, instead going towards expanding gym facilities and prioritizing physical health.

And yet, instead of focusing on physical fitness, the government is pushing for a ban on junk food ads they say are aimed at children. This is a disturbing, and recurring pattern among those in power. Their “solution” to a problem always restricts freedom in some new way, while leaving the actual problem unsolved.

Banning junk food ads is not the answer. Prioritizing physical fitness in schools is the answer.

There are huge potential cost savings down the road if we can have strengthen the health of the next generation. Our healthcare system will be far more sustainable, and our entire nation will be stronger.

And yes, in some instances that means the school needs to be tougher. Yet, considering how much of the Western world seems to be rolling over for our enemies, I think we can agree our society could use a bit more toughness.

Another important step is to make homeschooling easier for parents who make that choice. Studies show home-schooled children are healthier, and the government should respect the freedom of parents to educate their children as they see fit.

Education, not indoctrination

There was a time when education was about truly preparing young people for the future. Physical fitness was seen as being equally important alongside expanding knowledge to prepare for the future.

Now, much of school has become a politically correct indoctrination system, while the basics of reading, writing, math, and physical fitness are neglected.

That needs to change. Our education system needs a revolution in thinking. However much the elites may want to think otherwise, without a strong foundation of physical fitness and essential knowledge, our young people will face a bleak future in a much more ruthless and competitive world.

And when I talk about “revolution,” it’s really about getting back to basics. Kids naturally want to run around and be active. Our educational “leaders” have done so much to suppress that natural instinct, pumping kids full of ADHD drugs so they can sit still and concentrate, as if that’s what humans were meant to do with all of our time.

The fact that health problems for young people are piling up as physical activity goes down is clear proof that the current approach in the school system is failing miserably.

That’s why redirecting money within the system towards physical fitness is an essential step towards ensuring opportunity and success for the next generation, and for our country.

Spencer Fernando

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