SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 11, 2020) -- Dr. Nirav K. Pandya, MD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist within the UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, was interviewed this week on KQED News Forum on the topic: Newsom Proposal Could End School Fitness Exams.
According to the KQED News Forum web site, "Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing a three year suspension of mandatory school fitness exams while the state studies whether it should modify the test or scrap it altogether. Newsom is responding to concerns that the tests, required for students in 5th, 7th and 9th grade, can subject kids to bullying, body shaming and gender identity discrimination. Forum discusses the pros and cons of the state fitness test, and we want to hear about your experience with the exam."
Dr. Pandya joined the forum along with Linda Darling-Hammond, president, California State Board of Education, and Lindsey Bruett, psychologist and assistant professor, USCF Eating Disorders Program.