Date of Award

Summer 8-1-1967

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Robert N. Irving, Jr.

Second Advisor

Everett A. Irish

Third Advisor

Dohn A. Miller


Basically speaking, it is important for pupils to attend school and to be present and to participate in ways in which the subject matter itself requires. The pride of every educational specialist in the secondary schools requires and expects such attendance and participation. None are so zealous, however, as to deny the pupil the innate necessity of excuse for legitimate reasons. It is a well documented fact that the field of education in the United States is committed to the preservation and care of student health. The problem of non-participation arises because of virtual intimidation of the public schools in the name of preserving the public good will where school as a social agency looks to the public for its survival, its support, and its growth. It is the purpose of this paper to: (1) identify the position of physical education and medicine with respect to the values of participation in physical education based upon both opinion and research; (2) identify the position of school administration with respect to the place of physical education in the school curriculum; (3) identify the most prevalent types of non-participation excuses encountered and indicate their relative prevalence; (4) suggest practical solutions which may lead to a significant reduction in the number of suspicious excuses presented.