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Will classical music exist for another generation?

Will classical music exist for another generation? If Karen Zorn has anything to do with it, it will thrive. “We don’t think of musicians as just performing artists,” Zorn, the president of Longy School of Music of Bard College, says. “We see them as agents of change...

Now’s the Time: A Story of Music, Education and Advocacy

Now’s the Time is the long-awaited memoir by Ned Corman, one of today’s leading music educators and arts leaders. Along with Rob Enslin, he weaves a series of vivid memories that spans more than 70 years and illustrates his abiding belief in the power of...

Don’t Cut the Arts, music teachers

David Bell recently retired as a public school teacher with 35 years experience and was awarded the “Virtuoso Award” by the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education in 2012. Earlier this month, Enquirer reporter Janelle Gelfand asked, “Does Cincinnati...

Twelve Benefits of Music Education

Twelve Benefits of Music Education 1. Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. It is thought that brain development continues for many years after birth. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically...

After School Strings Program Strikes a Chord

BELLINGHAM — As Cameron and Robin Meyer watched their daughter play violin in front of classmates at Silver Beach Elementary School, they couldn’t help but be proud of how much the fifth-grader had improved after just weeks of practice. “It’s really fun for her to...

The Wall Street Journal – August 23, 2016
Students Lose, Liberals Elated

California denies a constitutional challenge to failing schools.

Remember when progressives worked to break down the barriers to minority education? You know, Brown v. Board and all that. Well, nowadays good liberals rejoice when their judicial friends deny upward mobility to poor black and Hispanic children.

That’s how the left reacted to Monday’s decision by the California Supreme Court not to hear an appeal of the Vergara v. California case charging that the Golden State has systematically denied minority kids trapped in failing schools their constitutional right to an education. The plaintiffs, backed by some public-spirited donors, had won in lower court but lost on appeal and now the state Supreme Court has doomed tens of thousands to lives of diminished possibility, if not poverty.

“I am relieved by the court’s decision declining an appeal of the unanimous California Court of Appeal ruling upholding California educators’ due process rights,” declared Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. At issue were the contractual powers of teachers that denied the due-process rights of students, but facts must be distorted when your first priority is protecting failure factories.

The plaintiffs in Vergara showed that 98% of teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are guaranteed a job for life after only 18 months on the job. Over a decade only 91 teachers in California had been fired, only 19 for subpar performance. Meanwhile, California students rank near the bottom in the country in reading and math.

The defeat for the students is also a victory for Governor Jerry Brown, who along with most of the state’s Democratic establishment sided with the unions. Congratulations, Governor, on another triumph for educational opportunity denied.

Scientific studies have proven that music is great food for the brain and although it is often one of the first programs on the chopping block for schools facing budget cuts, it’s important that children are exposed to music throughout their education. If your school is considering cutting funding for the music program, print out and show some of these articles to the school board to emphasize how critical it is to a child’s well-rounded development. Bookmark this page and check back here regularly to learn more about music advocacy and how to make the argument for music education. This site can provide you with Music essay writing help.
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