I remember the days of basketball and softball in gym class. I hated it, and apparently I am not alone. Some schools have begun to incorporate the video game Dance Dance Revolution into their physical education classes. Its a growing trend that gets kids excited and gets them doing more physical activity than the typical kickball or dodgeball.
Incorporating D.D.R. into gym class is part of a general shift in physical education, with school districts de-emphasizing traditional sports in favor of less competitive activities.
“Traditionally, physical education was about team sports and was very skills oriented,” said Chad Fenwick, who oversees physical education for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where about 40 schools now use Dance Dance Revolution. “What you’re seeing is a move toward activities where you don’t need to be so great at catching and throwing and things like that, so we can appeal to a wider range of kids.”
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