I found this quote when looking up the history of public education in the United States:
“The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves.”
— John Adams, U.S. President, 1785 (The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: With a Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations, Volume 9, by John Adams, Little, Brown, 1854, pg 540) as quoted at Wikipedia.
Adams was right. He wasn’t president when he said it, but he was so right that outside of the great minds of physics and mathematics, this may have been the rightest statement ever uttered. We should be making sure our children are well-educated, kept up to date on the latest developments in history, social studies, mathematics, and the sciences. That education should include Art and Music, and, yes, Health and Physical Education.