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Written on Maryville schools discussion on music curriculum has parents at crescendo pitch:

The prevailing ignorance of these posts is astonishing. Clearly many have no idea what is like to be in education today. Schools are blamed for everything that is wrong with society; from poor test scores to teen pregnancy rates to drug abuse. Maryville City responds to those challenges by increasing instructional time in the core subject areas as well as introducing STEM classes. And the response is that Maryville does not care about academics? The evidence used to support that claim is that we are making cuts in band (a non-academic activity for those not paying attention). How rational is that thought process? Sports and band are both enrichment activities and are important. Sports activities do not try to take up instructional time. We do not practice football, baseball or track while we should be spending time learning math and science. Who in their right mind believes that a school system does not value academics based on the fact that they are trying to increase instructional time in the core subject areas by cutting time in an enrichment activity. And as for the personal attacks, grow up. You do not have to agree with every decision made, but to be mean-spirited and vicious is uncalled for and out of line. I hope your children have learned from their teachers here in Maryville City the value of respect. Clearly many of you have not.

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