I don't know about Canada...

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Registered: 04-07-2002
I don't know about Canada...
Sun, 01-11-2009 - 9:14am

Folks, Canada's education system ranks way above the one in the U.S....at least in certain subjects. I know from comparing what I've seen, that their music program is WAYYY behind. Right now, I'm worried. I have geniune credentials to teach music, but when I look for work, it looks like I'll be competing with average folks from the peanut gallery who have never played before, but all of a sudden took all of the instruments to teach music.

Canada seems to like to do things like have one arts person teach all the arts. I know it's probably a budget thing, but just because perhaps someone can paint does not mean they can play music or act.

Canada may be top-ranked in academic subjects, but some day, their per capita productivity will go down because their creativity is being neglected. Those that can think creatively are the ones that do best in all areas- I really believe that.

Beth "Petrouchka"

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Sun, 01-11-2009 - 12:54pm

And in the US kids can't think creatively because they have to learn the formulas, definitions, and exact procedures to pass the tests. Here many kids have had to drop the arts electives because they either want the academic diploma and must take too many classes to have space for an elective or they can't pass the tests and must give up electives to take tutoring classes to pass the tests.



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Registered: 08-28-2006
Thu, 01-22-2009 - 9:21pm
It depends on where you are though. In rural areas or areas of low population, there is often only one arts teacher. But at most of our larger schools there is a dedicated music and art teacher, and even most of our smaller schools have a qualified music teacher at least part time. It really is board, or even school dependent. The nice thing, is that parents can right off music lessons on their tax returns. Also, there is an Ontario organization that lends out instruments to parents and does do special programs for low income families. They also put families into contact with those who offer subsidized lessons. The program is only a few years old, and is still expanding across the province. But it is a start.