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The fitness industry is booming. So why are P.E. classes disappearing?


February 4, 2019

Americans have never been more convinced that exercise is crucial to a long, fulfilling, healthy life. One study after another bears this out, and a booming $27 billion industry that not only weathered but grew throughout the Great Recession proves Americans are taking to heart the imperative to exercise.

Yet at the same time, physical education, the vehicle for the public provision of fitness to our youngest citizens, is underfunded and foundering. Despite the fact that a majority of Americans across party lines support children being more physically active, a far tinier fraction is willing to pay for it.


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