Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Frank L. Steeves

Second Advisor

Carl G. Thom


Student inadequacy in physical education classes has been evident on many levels for many years. This may be due to student indifference or laziness. Perhaps a better explanation for this problem is the alarmingly poor physical condition or levels of fitness of today's youth. students are observed exhibiting a shortness of breath when engaging in any sort of running, a marked lack of upper body strength when it is required, and some even have trouble stretching to catch a ball.

This paper attempts to point out the need for a program of fitness for elementary aged children, and specifically at St. Paul's Lutheran School and what steps teachers and students can follow.