Chapter one begins with how the National Standards for Physical Education was adopted by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, also known as NASPE. This is an organization that stresses the need for quality physical education, and for it to be offered daily. Then the chapter goes into detail of the seven content standards for physical education, these are National Standards. A few of these standards require a physically educated person to: applies movement concepts and principles to the learning development of motor skills, and another is that they demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior in a physical activity setting.
Chapter one stresses that the goal of physical education is to teach children how to move. From there, this movement can positively influence both cognitive and affective development. Learning through movement has many advantages, such as that it holds a child’s attention much stronger since it is hands on active participation. Most children would much rather learn through play, than through a class room. Another advantage of learning through movement is that it helps promote an active way of life, which in turn promotes a healthier lifestyle as well. Movement is a key method in enhancing one’s self esteem, and it encourages positive socialization, along with clarifying values and morals. Physical Education also has effect on motor (the body), cognitive (the mind/brain), and affective (emotional) development and growth for the better.