Their muscles bulged beneath their sweat as they climbed poles and jumped over walls. You’d think this was a scene from a modern-day boot camp video, that is, until you read “La Sierra High School” across their shirts.
If you grew up in the 60s, this scenario may look familiar. It’s actually a real film of a Physical Education class from the 1960s.
The sixties was a defining chapter in history. It was the decade that promoted peace, created political conversation and started revolutions. It was also the poster decade of health and fitness.
Former President John F. Kennedy had a vision – to make America a healthy place. “A country is as strong as it’s citizens,” he said, and he used La Sierra High school as an example with the #JFKChallenge.
Watch as young men pull their weight across ropes and carry each other on their backs. They have the swiftness and agility of cheetahs, something uncommon with our youth today.
When you see just how strong and healthy high school students were in the 1960s, you won’t help but question our physical education system today.
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