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More arts than science? Really? Really.

April 15, 2011

I am stunned but I really shouldn’t be surprised.  I finally stumbled upon the core curriculum documents from Saskatchewan Education.  They are not easy to find.

Elementary students are in class for 1500 minutes per week.  The time is split by are of study as follows:

language arts                             560 minutes

mathematics                             210 minutes

science                                        150 minutes

social studies                           150 minutes

health education                      80 minutes

arts education                         200 minutes

physical education                150 minutes

33% More arts ed than science?!  This explains so much about the general lack of scientific knowledge.  In a technologically advance society, how can we even justify spending so little time on math and science?

And don’t even think that students are actually getting this much science weekly.  In my experience, they simply aren’t.  I’m told that teachers will spend more time on math or science (or social studies or whatever) for a period of time rather than spreading the time out evenly over the year.  That sounds like a lovely excuse but I’m just not buying it.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2011 6:15 pm


    I work in a school, not as a teacher, but with students, and in fact our school does give 150 minutes per week of science to our middle years students…unsure of the requirements for the younger students. We are fortunate to have a teacher to teach all of the middle years science, so each classroom receives 3 – 50 minute classes of science per week.

  2. May 9, 2011 6:26 pm

    Any of the teachers that I have worked with do refer to their cirriculum guides when planning their time table for the year…after the administration has finished implementing any classes like our science and math classes.

  3. saskteacher permalink
    May 13, 2011 7:29 am

    Michele, I’ve read a few of your pages now…do you have anything positive to say? Or do you just like to spread negativity? You do realize your attitudes of the education system directly impact and rub off on your children, right?

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