An editorial in today's Journal Sentinel maintains that "tight school budgets must not mean slashing arts and music programs to pay the bills." They got that right! As I said in an earlier post, the creative community should be all over this issue and the larger community needs arts in education for many reasons.
Some of the suggestions in the editorial, such as traveling arts teachers and temporary federal funding, would be band-aids on a serious wound. The goal ought to be full time arts educators in every school. In and of themselves the arts are as fundamental as reading and writing and they also can improve test scores in those areas.
Read "Art and music have a place in education."