We are being forced to make extra time for the things we love. Why couldn’t I take 4 art electives in the 3rd grade? That example may be a bit extreme, but it’s a valid question. In the 4th grade our music teacher (Mrs. Judy Hodge) would come once a month and let us pluck around on the xylophone and allow us to tinker with a recorder. In Elementary School you get a smidgen of art, music, and dance. And you get a triple dose of Math, Language, and Science. If you come from an affluent family you may have the opportunity (after school hours and on weekends) to take private lessons, but again we’re being forced to MAKE time for what we love. The truth is we’re not all good in the core subjects and we’re led to believe that you’re dumb if you score low in those categories. I wonder what Vincent Van Gogh’s class rank was? I wonder how well William Shakespeare did in Statistics? Yes, core subjects are very important. But, you should not feel inferior if they are not your forte. Your gift may lie elsewhere.
Know your strengths. Find your passion. Encourage children in their areas of interests. That’s how we all become better.