Some disadvantages of physical education in schools are that the class takes up time that could be used for academic subjects, it requires funding that may be difficult for a school and the time given to physical education may not be sufficient for students to have substantial improvements in their physical health. As a result, some states, such as Florida, have considered eliminating the subject from the school curriculum.
Despite these disadvantages, there are many benefits to physical education in schools. Not only can it help with physical health, but it can also improve students' motor skills, awareness, social development and cognitive development, according to Education.com. Students can also learn sports that they may enjoy over their lifetimes, and physical education may encourage them to set their own physical fitness goals.