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You won't find gym class on the schedule in upstate New York's Victor school district. What you will see: kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, dance, self-defense, archery and in-line skating – all under the heading of physical education.The teachers say it's a more fitting description of lessons meant to last well beyond the class bell.At a time when schools are all about getting students ready for college or jobs, experts say it's a chance for more physical education teachers to look beyond graduation, too, and leave even the least competitive students with the will and skills to keep moving.In the shadow of Washington state's Mount Rainier, physical education teacher Tracy Krause's students have for some years been fly-fishing and rock climbing as part of an "Outdoor Academy" program that also incorporates English language arts and environmental science.Washington, D.C., teachers put all of the district's second-graders on bicycles to gain a lifelong skill.Fourth- and seventh-graders do parcour, in which students leap and vault over obstacles in a way that's more freewheeling than skill-specific gymnastics.
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