Elementary Teachers Getting Less Time for SciencePosted: July 22, 2011
Really, is this any great surprise? Not in my classroom, it wasn’t—unfortunately. From NSTA Reports:
Elementary and middle school educators say class time for science continues to be squeezed. […]
Of those reporting a drop in science instruction time, many cited additional time being devoted to mathematics and English language arts (ELA) as the reason. One teacher recalled being told by an administrator “that science is not important” because state funding was based on reading and math scores. Others noted science classes are the preferred time for schools to pull students out for extracurricular activities ranging from special assemblies to school photos.