Promote Music in the Schools

An appreciation for music is an extremely important part of any child's upbringing. It helps them develop their right brain and it's important for kids to find a type of music that they connect with so that they have somewhere to turn when they're feeling something that they don't understand.

Music programs in the United States are completely taken for granted and a proper music education should be required by schools (more than just one year of a fine art in high school).

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  • Brown vs. Board of Education decision of 1954 that draeceld unconstitutional the racial segregation of public schools. Separate schools for black and white children are inherently unequal, Chief Justice Earl Warren said in an opinion that helped launch the civil-rights movement.LocalLinks State-enforced segregation laws are long gone, but for school officials today, a key question remains: Did the historic decision commit them to a policy of seeking integrated schools, or did it tell them not to assign students to a school based on their race?Today, lawyers in a pair of integration cases will debate whether school boards may use racial guidelines to assign students. Both sides will rely on the Brown decision to make their case. In Seattle, the school board adopted a policy, now suspended, that gave nonwhite students an edge if they sought to enroll in a popular, mostly white high school. In Jefferson County, Ky., which includes Louisville, the school district said black children should make up between 15 percent and 50 percent of the enrollment at each elementary school. In both cities, several white parents sued to have the plans draeceld unconstitutional after their children were barred from enrolling in the school of their choice because of their race. Although they lost in the lower courts, the Supreme Court voted in June to hear their appeals, leading many to predict the justices are poised to outlaw racial balancing in the public schools. At its core, the issue here is the promise made 52 years ago in Brown vs. Board of Education, said Theodore Shaw, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Legal Defense Fund, which won the ruling that struck down racial segregation in the South. Mandatory desegregation is now a thing of the past. All that's left is voluntary desegregation, and now that is being challenged. Bush administration lawyers, who joined the case on the side of the parents, say the Brown decision sought to move the United States toward a color-blind policy. They say school officials may not open or close the door to particular students solely because of race. In short, race-based decisions are racial discrimination, even if the officials are pursuing a laudable goal, they say.

  • Music should be core part of the curriculum in the schools. An ideal education includes one in which multiple facets of a child’s intellectual capacity are exercised. Music is valuable in this respect, as it presents a unique and gratifying learning atmosphere. Only in the music classroom may a student gain physical and technical adeptness consequently with emotional sensitivity and social skills. Music can also create valuable connections to other academic concentrations. Music exercises physical and intellectual muscles that can improve students’ coordination, critical thinking, and other essential skills. These bridges can only be built if music is appreciated as an academic area worthy of every student’s attention. Without the inclusion of music in students’ educational careers, their senses of discipline, motivation, creativity, patience, and self-sufficiency would have little chance of full development.

  • Music and other arts is the joy of life! :) I think music is a very interesting subject, because, as an artist myself, music is a mix of academics and creativity. I think that music really can empower the mind.

  • All children should learn music all throughout their education. It should be mandatory...Singing, dancing, instruments, etc.

  • Music helps learn how to express ideas. There is no point in cramming knowledge into our brains if there is we do not learn any vectors to transmit that knowledge.

  • If music and arts are the joy of life, they need not be forced upon students. There is another way...

  • Yes i agree, learning an instrument when young on has many virtues*** patience *** discipline *** fun *** sharing *** collaborating *** melody *** harmony in sound and action *** etc... almost a must but it should not be forced upon the students though***free will even young is important i think

  • I'm currently in school and I wish we COULD listen to music as I concentrate more and get more out of studying if I have my music on!

  • I believe the Arts are vital to the development of children, and vital to the way they think and process information in the world. I believe music helps promote a healthy self esteem, it is also learning a new skill and it brings beauty to all our lives which we also psychologically need - and children need the outlet for the expression of their emotions as well. It also gives a boldness to be in front of groups or crowds in performance. I think getting rid of it is yet one more horrible mistake our society may regret for the future.

  • I believe learning to sing or play an instrument is vital to physiological and psychological development in children, and also aids in teaching teamwork and social skills. Children also need the self expression and outlet of their emotions, plus it helps them develop competence, mastery of a skill, and healthy self esteem.

  • I object because it is not clear to me the post that the legislation would have a net positive effect. There is no such thing as "the right brain" and learning a music instrument has been shown to be no more beneficial for children than many other activities which carry with them practical skills. I am all for improving our youth's emotional health but there seem to be so many more alternatives that enforcing music as a means of therapy could simply close the doors to more effective avenues.

  • I object because not all people are musically inclined. Also, the music industry is being destroyed by those who are currently in control. It would further decrease the value of the work and effort a musician puts into making professional music by dramatically increasing the number of people able to use an instrument. The only mandatory lessons in schools should be creativity classes, logic and critical thinking classes, basic mathematics, nutrition and health classes, a truthful rendition of world history, and basic language skills.

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