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The Idea of Physical Education: A Memetic Perspective

Richard Tinning

The Big Idea

The subject of this paper is what Richard Tinning calls “the idea of physical education.”  In one form or another Tinning argues, physical education is universally familiar.  As a cultural manifestation, we find it early on.  In ancient Greece, it was institutionalized for the all-around education of male citizens.  Since then, even if in fits and starts, wherever formal education in general is valued we find in one form or another a physical component attached to it.

The question Tinning asks is:  Why has physical...

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