24. July 2009 · Comments Off on The Day The Music Died · Categories: Links

“The Monterey Bay area has a huge, diverse population. Dealing with budget cuts and No Child Left Behind is killing most elective programs. After-school athletics is not far behind. Pay to play will become the future.

Music education is not equal throughout California. The kids who attend public schools in affluent neighborhoods seem to have excellent music programs. Poorer neighborhoods have little to none.

You can see this happening all over the state. More and more schools have become Program Improvement schools that are required to focus on language arts and math only. No electives. And yet, it is the electives that give language arts and math meaning to a young mind.”

Read the whole thing by starting here.

What I read in that article is not new — or news — to me. It is sad. Eventually, though, people won’t have a clue what they are missing and that will be even sadder.

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