York Region District School Board: The abolition of a mandatory gym credit sign now

I am a student currently in the 9th grade at Markham District High School. Every other day I sit through gym class. I do nothing at all and am constantly reminded that this may lead to me having to retake the class. Every person that I talk to tells me that I should just go with it and that I won't change anything but I'm here today to try and prove them wrong. The goal of this petition is to make gym class an elective credit under the York Region District School Board requirements. My arguments are as follows. 

The way that I see it there are two attitudes toward gym class; the people who enjoy it as a fun break from the monotony of everyday classwork and the people (like me) who see it as nothing but boring and outdated. The people who enjoy gym class will choose to take it as an elective and the people who do not will put the time towards other pursuits. People who oppose my proposition will no doubt say "Gym class is meant to keep students in shape." but once again, people who don't care will do nothing whereas those who do care will choose to partake in the activity.

An upside to abolishing the gym credit would be that students would be able to either gain a non-elective credit for a class in place of gym or do work from other classes (this is currently prohibited, at least at my school).

People may say "Well not everybody participates in math class or literacy class so are you saying we should abolish those?" but this is a classic false paralell. Math and literacy are used in a substantial number of careers. Science is a class that I could entertain this argument for but science is still more relevant in the working world than athletics. Sports are relevant in only one profession, athlete. There are a small amount of proffesional athletes relative to the rest of the population. Why are we preparing students for a field of work that, Vegas odds are, they will never enter? 

Please sign this petition if you agree with me and work towards a more progressive, logical school system.

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