In Soviet times, we had physical training 2 times a week for 4 years, i.e. 8 semesters. To say that we were tortured there is to say nothing. and this despite the fact that I had a preparatory group, i.e. there were certain deviations in health. we sadly joked that we are constantly preparing for the Olympics. and in general it seemed to me that it was in one of these classes that I would die. In winter we went skiing on the river slope. And there were no sensible clothes then, they constantly caught cold. Once I got sick with pneumonia, as I froze while waiting for the bus. and then she went skiing in the strong wind. It was then that I got a persistent aversion to sports. now I just walk a lot and swim. I quietly hate everything else.
Our universities (some) generally have a problem - it is not known for whom they train specialists. For which companies that need specific knowledge.
The system of compulsory courses is obviously the legacy of the USSR. Since, in theory, you should take certain courses that you need. And pay for this training. And now the state decides what it needs, and therefore prescribes compulsory physical education. The state needs healthy citizens) It spends money on education and wants to have some confidence that a person takes care of his health and fulfills his education.
And it would be necessary to have university sports teams and those who wish to participate in them voluntarily. It is often important for an employer to know that a candidate has played team sports. This says a lot about how a person can work in a team and how active he is.
A conventional Stephen Hawking will be hired even without a physical education course. )
I can’t say what the physical education is for at universities, but for many it is not needed.
At my University, fortunately for my group, they made it so that our physical trainer goes to the gym, this is very good, no need to spend money on sports centers. Usually we always have the last pair of physical trainers, this is a plus to the fact that after brain activity, you can switch to physical activity and relax. This system suits me. Also, if you skipped a couple, then you can come at another time and work out alone and work out a couple. If universities did physical training in tren. hall, it could have been better. Students spend time on physical training instead of going to fitness or training. hall.
It should be said that in addition to what was said above (or below), such active promotion of physical education, passing the TRP standards in the country, leads to an increase in the load, respectively, and an increase in the hours allocated for physical education. In Russia, this has been very strong lately. For example, in Tatarstan, after the Universiade, attention to physical education "from above" begins to increase. Sometimes it even seems that they think something like this: "if we cannot develop science and culture normally, we will develop sports." So it turns out that at the moment such active attention that is paid to physical education leads to the irritation of students. Let's imagine a student, he is engaged in social activities, is engaged in science, he has really noticeable progress in development, he passed all the tests and exams, but except for physical education. He goes to an additional session. He does not pass even there and, accordingly, flies out of the university. In my opinion, this is extremely abnormal. This shouldn't be.
People come to the university to learn a profession. I believe that after 18 years, a person can definitely decide whether he needs to go in for sports or not. Those who need to can do it during non-teaching hours. But these pairs of fizirs, which in terms of the level of load are like morning exercises ... Not interesting. (so I have a certificate and training in fencing twice a week) Besides, in our university, the physical training does not follow the standard schedule of pairs, and it usually needs to wait 40 minutes. Many people have it in a sports complex on the other side of the city.
The ancient Greeks believed that a full-fledged person should be developed not only mentally, but also physically. Along with the study of writing, speech, rhetoric, strategy, the Greeks also studied the art of fighting, running, etc. (The Olympic Games are what they invented) Apparently, the modern education system supports this position and continues the ancient traditions.
The official version says that the word "university" comes from the Latin word "universe". This hints to us that education at the university should be comprehensive, universal. This was originally the basic difference between universities and institutes (but now it has actually disappeared). Accordingly, it is logical for people to comprehend not only the subtleties of their future profession, but also to study foreign languages, various branches of knowledge (non-core subjects: cultural studies, economics, political science, etc. Here everyone will have differences). Physical culture is quite rightly included in this list.
In fact, there are also listed versions and reasons:
For a change, to dilute mental work with physical activity.
For health benefits.
So it is. This is an old tradition, it is many decades old (this is at least). And now it is being continued without much critical reflection.
Besides, it would not be good to fire physical education teachers, to dissolve their departments (and this is also a lot of paperwork).
I personally think that physical education is necessary and useful. But I am in favor of revising the format of the classes. I think it would be much better to move away from endless athletics and passing standards. Girls can be offered yoga, Pilates, aerobics. Light, weightlifting for young people. If the university is larger and richer, then it's great if there is a pool, good grounds for mass sports (football, basketball, hockey, handball).
Okay, I think the initial idea was to prevent students from getting fat). And if you think about it, there are many factors due to which our brain can function at a good level, first of all, this is a full sleep, naturally it will not become full from the fact that you will sleep for 4 hours or sleep on an uncomfortable bed, with closed windows or previously not ventilated room. The second and most favorite is food, it is thanks to it that we do not go out and can think adequately. By the way, lists of the most useful foods for the brain have been published where it is not blurry, but specifically the product that has the best effect on the brain (among other food products). And finally, the third is that sports activities affect the productive work of the brain, and different exercises affect different parts of the brain. Some are for memory, while others are for reaction, etc. So sport in general is important not only for students / schoolchildren, but for all people for their full functioning.
National Research University Higher School of Economics. Physical education is absent as a fact. An inexplicable and stupid decision. And here are a couple more symbols to show my displeasure with this fact
I don't know why there is physical education in universities. No, it is clear that the best rest is a change of activity. He jumped, ran and saw how to solve a complex equation or analyze an old text on papyrus. But here another question arises - the question of the "sacralization" of this discipline. Why exactly "sacralization"? Because, in my opinion, too much attention is paid to this subject, although it is not mandatory (let's not talk about medical institutes and institutes of physical education). And sometimes it comes down to the fact that, having passed the tests in specialized subjects, a person may not be allowed to the session because of physical education (it is clear that this is about educational standards, but to know matan and physics and not be admitted because of squats - well, that's nonsense). In addition, some insane amount of hours are devoted to physical education. At least twice a week (and I know there are three times) for two to three years! Instead, it would be possible to add some other subjects (fortunately, science does not stand still and new areas of application of certain knowledge always open up), or to increase the number of old hours for a more comprehensive study.
What's most interesting is that you can't refuse physical education, it can be very difficult to replace it with going to the gym (as a result, the student has to refuse a subscription to the fitness center and start going to the ragged gym, sit in his pants or run around circle), material security often lags on both legs and left arm, which ultimately makes attending this subject boring and useless. Of course, we can say that it is necessary to leave physical education and that the benefits of classes depend on the student's motivation, but sometimes there are some things that are worth paying attention to and which are better off. You can make a schedule for 1-2 semesters, and then make a visit at will, or even give the student the opportunity to choose or not choose this subject (or choose something more useful for his future profession).
P.s. Write in the commentary to the answer your specialty and how many times a week and for how many years you had a physician at the institute. At the Moscow Aviation Institute, any bachelor's degree program in a technical specialty in physics lasts 6 semesters, 2 times a week.
Physical education at the university is included in the educational program, because constant mental stress should be somehow "diluted" by physical. And this makes a certain sense, many universities offer a choice of such areas for physical education as swimming, gym, basketball, aerobics, etc., which attracts students and does not make this subject obtrusive and unnecessary.
I think many adults working in offices would be happy if they were allowed 2 times a week to go in for sports for an hour and a half instead of sitting at their workplaces, while counting the time of sports as working, as a full-fledged pair for students.
Dasha needs physical education, at least to keep what you have. Perhaps you do not feel the benefit from it, but the harm from its absence will not take long. This is especially true for the spine, since a sedentary lifestyle depresses it for about 5 years. Heavy loads are not needed, but activity is important, and since most people are lazy, physical education in universities is an excellent prevention. You may never thank her for that, but what is done for good does not need gratitude.