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Simmons Takes P.E. Message to Cable News

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Richard Simmons has upgraded his outreach in his campaign to incorporate physical education into NCLB. He's graduated from obscure blogs for policy wonks (here and here) to cable news talk shows.

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Simmons also has shifted tactics. In an interview this week with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business, he says he's "heard a rumor" Congress won't act on NCLB this year. So he's pressuring the presidential candidates to take up his cause. In the interview, he says that under NCLB, "our children have become a test score." Sounds as if he's been talking to the National Education Association. (He also says he's made $30 million off "Sweatin' to the Oldies". Good work if you can get it.)

Watch the interview here. All of the references to Madeleine are to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Cavuto had a testy exchange with Albright immediately before Simmons' appearance.

As you watch, remember Kevin Carey's advice. Don't dismiss Simmons because he looks and acts crazy. There's a method to his madness.

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I bring a bag of fruit for my students every morning, and flowers when they are in season. I try to never miss a chance to play basketball with my high school students. The benefits for all of us are much more than physical.

Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

In addition to the obvious educational, physical, and social benefits of nutrition and excercise, why don't we recognize the obvious political point?

Raise test scores, and parents will be somewhat appreciative. Make real contributions to their children's wellbeing, and you will really get gratitude. Test scores may or may not mean something. Blood pressure, obesity rates, diabetes rates etc. are numbers just like test scores. But these numbers are real.

And the money that government is paying for disease that could have been prevented by excerice and nutrition are real numbers also.

Share an orange with a kid or play a one-on-one game, and the adult benefits from the relationship as well as the kid. As Debbie Meiers just wrote, we should welcome accountability to higher values.

DT

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