The new three R’s: Reading, writing, and running

May 6, 2010 at 10:54 am 1 comment

A recent ABC News story profiles an exercise-based learning readiness program at Naperville Central High School, near Chicago, that is credited for helping students to achieve “astounding” academic achievement — a doubling of reading scores and an “increase of math scores by a factor of 20.”

I’ve highlighted the action-based learning program at Naperville a number of time (here), but this provides an opportunity to again promote PE4Life (the developer Learning Readiness Physical Education) and John Ratey’s book Spark! (an explanation of “the revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain”).

Below is a story that aired on CBS’ “The Early Show” in 2009 about the LRPE program at Naperville — with enough exposure to research about the relationship between body and cognitive development, programs like this might begin to take root at schools throughout the country.


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Get out! Blame the teachers’ unions?

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  • 1. Josh  |  May 7, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Where’s the disconnect? We’ve “proven” that exercise is good for you physically, and now, mentally, and…
    We need more critical mass on this? More awareness?

    Also – sent Ratey an email a year or two ago asking why treadmills and not jump ropes (more portable, less expensive, more proprioceptive demand) – no reply…


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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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