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The arts being "threatened" by the budget ax have been happening for quite a while, probably since arts were introduced into public education. I can remember having this same issue when I was in choir in high school 20 years ago. This country has an overall attitude that athletics are more important than an actual education.
Arts are always the 1st program to be headed toward the chopping block, and I've never understood why. The arts are an acutal commonality between every human on this planet, regardless of nationality, gender, religion, political affiliation, race, or language. Why, especially in the truly global world we live in, would we want to squander that??
Is my son going to become a professional percussionist because of his education? Maybe - maybe not. But his chances of becoming a professional athlete are even less. Even if he didn't become professional, he has that knowledge of sight reading and music interpretation and enjoyment of a piece of music that he can utilize for the rest of his life. Athletes can't say that.
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