Music and art education is essential

In our obsession with teaching the 3 R’s, we forget that music and art are no less important (“The art of a rounded education: As NYC schools work to counter learning loss, they must offer more music and art,” New York Daily News, Nov. 24). In fact, they often are the difference between students graduating and dropping out.

Unfortunately, music and art are seen as frills.  When I was teaching English in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I saw how excited students were about their musical instruments and art projects. It would be a pity to overlook arts education as schools return to normal.

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