In the Granite School District, elementary teachers are told by administrators to spend 50 percent of the school day teaching literacy and 25 percent on math instruction. During the remaining 25 percent of the day, the subjects of science, art, social studies and physical education are to be crammed in. Following the strictest of schedules, with no behavior problems, assembly interruptions, fire drills or field trips, students may get 20 minutes a day for these other subjects. That is hardly enough time to get art materials, let alone create something. Granite District needs to remember to educate the whole child. If mandates are going to be made, make them fair.

Jennifer Weiler

Salt Lake City