Friday, March 6, 2009

Music VS Math

The public school system in Tucson, AZ is about to cut music in junior high. The importance of music in life should be obvious. The importance of music in the development of children cannot be denied. How can we prioritize otherwise?

Every civilization that abandons the arts for global dominance has fallen under its own weight. People are being taught to add but not sing. How is this going to help our world? What are the long-term effects of cutting music from our schools? Why do I feel like the older I get the less decision-making power I actually have?

Like John Mayer sang "I just found out there's no such thing as the 'real world', just a lie you have to rise above."

I suppose I am fighting the gradual destruction of the arts by teaching guitar, piano and percussion privately.

It is unfortunate that I feel powerless against something as celestial as a school district. It is unfortunate that I have lost faith in my tax dollars working for the community. It is unfortunate that we parents must find alternative ways to enforce the truly beautiful things in life.