Pa. students enrolling in online gym classes

July 6, 2008 12:18:40 PM PDT
Hundreds of teens in the Pittsburgh region are taking cyber gym courses, despite critics who say there is no substitute for real physical education classes. Patty Kardambikis, program director for the online e-Cademy program, says students may take cyber P.E. to free up time in their course schedule. She says others use it to make up a failing gym grade, while some enroll because body image issues make regular P.E. classes hard.

Rich Campsie teaches online P.E. His students turn in worksheets and written reports, but Campsie acknowledges there is no way to know if a student is completing the physical requirements of the course.

Hampton Township gym teacher Mark Gartner says nothing can replace the face-to-face interaction between students and their P.E. instructors.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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