Do we really not have enough time?
They say, with the academic learning requirements we have in each state, that we literally don’t have enough time to teach everything that we’re supposed to. There just isn’t enough time. And I agree with that – to a point.
The real crux of the problem is narrowing down the learning requirements to essentials, but still that isn’t enough. Even if we narrow it down to essentials, we don’t want to control everything a teacher does, so all creativity goes out the window.
I propose a compromise. As a teacher, I take the learning requirements, and pull out the stuff I know is super important, and make sure to teach those. But in addition, I review the important stuff that EVERYONE should know, and I think all teachers should go over each year. That way, if they get to see or hear it each year they have a better chance of retention. And then it’s up to the teacher to fill in with fun facts and learning experiences along the way.
Would we have enough time for that? Maybe not. But it doesn’t hurt to try!