Target: Arcelio Aponte, President of New Jersey Board of Education
Goal: Stop the closing of music programs in public schools.
The poor economy is having a significant impact on school budgets nationwide. Unfortunately, when budgets get cut, so do music programs in schools. The style of teaching in public schools has shifted from prioritizing an overall education to merely increasing test scores. When the focus is solely on test scores, children do not get a well-rounded education. While it is not a bad thing to encourage and aim for good test scores, some students are not successful at regular school subjects, regardless of how hard they try. It is extremely frustrating for a student to feel like they aren’t good at anything in school, and this often leads students to decide to drop out.
On the other hand, some students are more artistically inclined and, while they may not do well at math or English, they succeed in classes such as art and music. Not only for these children, but also for the students who succeed academically and want a well rounded education, it is imperative that we stop music programs from being closed in public schools. It is important that whatever money goes to the school be spent on things that will benefit the students’ education, music classes being an integral part of that. In order to benefit students today and ensure that they receive a well-rounded education, it is necessary that music programs remain present in public schools in New Jersey.
Dear Arcelio Aponte,
As President of the New Jersey Board of Education, you must ensure that students in New jersey are receiving a diverse and well-rounded education. In order to do this, it is necessary that music programs stop being cut from public schools. Some children do not have the mindset to succeed in math or English, but this does not mean that they cannot be successful. A lot of these children are artistically or musically inclined and without a music program in their school, they may never discover their talent.
Not only for these children, but also for the students who do succeed academically, music is important. One can be excellent at science, but without the knowledge of music, his or her education can become one-sided. It is important that students be familiar with several subjects in order to broaden their knowledge. In order to have more well-rounded and educated children in the school system, it is imperative that you keep all music programs in New Jersey public schools open.
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