seems too big wrote:
A minute and a half seems an awful big difference. I know kids have more indoor activities to choose from today and are probably less fit on average than in the past. Still, sports are just as popular now and I don't recall there being kids running around on soccer fields as much in the past like in the 80's now they are just everywhere. All in all a minute and half just seems way too big a difference.
Not at all. When I was a kid, ALL the kids in the neighborhood would be out playing, all day. There were maybe one or two fat kids in your entire grade. Now nearly half the class is overweight or obese, parents wont let their kids go outside to play because they are so afraid of the boogieman stealing their kids (despite the fact that kids today are statistically far LESS likely to get abducted than 30 years ago)...and schools cutting out PE classes to save on money and to give the kids more time for standardized testing (I actually worked at a high school that had classroom based Phys Ed classes. They counted for the Phys Ed credit, but it was all book learning....they claimed there had been too many parents complaining about their overweight or out of shape kids with great grades being punished for being fat...and you cant get into a great school without that 4.0 GPA SO ITS SO UNFAIR...WERE GONNA SUE.)
There is one other reason too. I've seen elementary kids doing 'The Mile' in P.E. most of them are walking. Kids are also LAZIER today. I remember only a couple of kids walking back when I was that age, but now much of the class is walking. Probably because they are fat and out of shape, but still, they dont even try. That right there is enough to bring down the class averages by 90 seconds. That isn't a giant leap.