The power of arts and music education

When budgets are tight, arts and music education are the first to be cut because they are not seen as essential (“Yes on Prop. 28: Kids deserve quality art, music education,” Los Angeles Times, Sept. 8).  That’s a big mistake because such courses in many cases are the only ones that keep students from dropping out.

I saw that firsthand during the 28 years I taught English in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Students who otherwise were detached from their other classes – including mine – were engaged in art and music classes.

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