Why do we call music, art, and gym specials? Aren't they part of the regular curriculum and to be approached as seriously as other subjects? I wonder if part of the reason that they aren't taken as seriously is that the profession inadvertently diminishes their importance by word choice. That, in turn, makes them easy to cut or for parents, students, and sometimes other teachers to see them as more frivolous. I do remember a time when they were specials and they were all pass/fail, but that was a very, very long time ago. What do you call them in your school? Any opinions?