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The Motivation Factor: to Become Smart, Productive & Mentally Stable (2017)

This award-winning documentary shows the irreplaceable role classical Physical Education plays to develop smart, productive and mentally stable citizens, and the out-of-control consequences we face today with its absence in our society.


Doug Orchard
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This award-winning documentary explores how something as simple as exercise can be used to address our society's seemingly impossible-to-solve challenges. The United States stopped teaching classical Physical Education 100 years ago, which did not resemble 'PE' as it is known today. JFK tried to bring classical Physical Education back, but that ended with his shortened Presidency. It wasn't about balls and sports; it was about addressing a basic human requirement...one we have ignored as a population and pay the consequences for its absence every day. This documentary explores the pivotal role Physical Education plays to develop smart, productive and mentally stable citizens. It shows an eye-opening connection between the lack of activity today and the ever-growing burdens we face. This 4-year film project interviewed over 250 of the world's leading scientists, physicians, educators, students and alumni. It's the most comprehensive look at 'why' we must exercise. Written by Doug Orchard

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Great for Physical Education Teachers - Joshua Terry
16 February 2018 | by jterry-57955See all my reviews

This movie was really interesting to me. I enjoyed watching how students can challenge each other in the classroom to become more physically literate. They actually enjoy the exercises. As for the coaches, they reward students with the shorts program and I really love that. It gives a goal for the students to achieve and a sense of pride once they get it.

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