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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