Much of the time elementary children spend in school is spent learning the basics. These are the fundamentals, the main subjects necessary to understand in order to progress in school. Reading, writing, mathematics—those are the top three. Of course, science and social studies are added in there some as well. And, physical education is a must. But for the most part, the top three are the focus.
And, since reading and mathematics are tested by the state during elementary school, teachers quite often must follow a rather strict curriculum guideline as to what they have to teach and when they have to teach it.
Because of this, a few subjects sometimes end up getting cut from the schedule. Many school districts have been compelled to either decrease or cancel classes such as art and music. A lot of education specialists—not to mention parents—are lobbying to have this changed.
Also because of the amount of time required for reading and mathematics, something else sometimes must be sacrificed. This is creativity in the classroom. Teachers are often given a curriculum to follow, with specific instructions as to when they are to cover a certain part of the curriculum. Because the teachers are under such strict guidelines, they do not have time to add any creativeness to their lessons.
The loss of art and music classes as well as the lack of time for creativity really amount to a shortfall in the learning possibilities for the students. Art and music have been proven to help children learn certain aspects of mathematics, for example. And, any time inventiveness is used by teachers in the classroom there is a greater chance of catching children’s attention and interest and, therefore, making them actually want to learn. And, getting kids eager to learn is one of the best successes a teacher can have.