Michigan Lawmakers Mull Making Gym Class Optional | Athletic Business

Michigan Lawmakers Mull Making Gym Class Optional

Not a fan of gym class? If you’re a high school student in Michigan, you may be able to opt out of institutionally imposed dodgeball if a new set of bills are passed by the state. 

The Michigan legislature is proposing to give high school students the ability to opt out of gym and health classes, both of which have previously been requirements.

"I don't know how to feel about it. I mean I'm OK with it. I personally like gym classes. I think they're fun. It's a good way to get active,” Westwood High School senior Michaela Ruokolainen told the local NBC affiliate.

Westwood High School’s staff largely agrees with allowing families to choose whether their students need gym and health classes.

Superintendent Bryan DeAugustine is concerned with the school's requirement of students learning how to swim before graduating.

"That would be something we'd have to also manage because they learn to do that in their physical education class, and they get that endorsement before they graduate,” he explained.

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