An extended version of my Huffington Post blog
The decline in music and arts courses in our schools is shocking. Even the most stressed-out classroom teacher will admit music and arts teachers have it worse than the rest of us. All teachers face the constant pressure of mandates that force us to dumb down education and center on teaching-to-the-test. All of us work in an environment of cronyism where teachers who speak out on the real problems in education are the target of intimidation and bullying by administrators to be silent. Teachers across the nation cringe every time we see an administrator change a failing grade to passing, because we know how much that hurts the child.
But on top of all this, music, arts, and electives teachers have to face the constant threat of eliminating their courses entirely. The worst part is knowing that cancellation is almost always based…
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