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Master of Science
Master of Physical Education
Physical education has played a role of varying importance in the life of all people. The earliest know races had their games, dances, and various philosophies relative to the value of unorganized physical activity. The people of India who believed strongly in subjugating the body as a means of elevating their souls discouraged the idea of enjoyable physical activity. On the other hand, the Egyptians, Babylons, and Hebrews encouraged participation and engaged in numerous sports and games. Cyrus, the great Persian leader, had a philosophy of conquest behind his belief in physical education. He used physical education as a means to train soldiers to fight and take care of themselves while on march. He required young boys, about six years old, to be trained in discipline, running jumping, javelin throwing, riding, and other skills that would build toward developing their fighting efficiency.
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Mercher, H. (1949). A Survey Of The Health And Physical Education Programs In Class AA High Schools In Texas. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.pvamu.edu/pvamu-theses/498