Persuasive Speech : Music Programs Should Be Kept Public Schools

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Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience that music programs should be kept in public schools. Central Idea: The government should not cut music programs in public schools because they are beneficial to children, not only to their education, but also helps express themselves. Introduction I. Plato, a Greek philosopher once said “I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” A. These words by Plato are what makes music programs important and beneficial to a child’s education. B. However, during these tough economic times, music educators have to face the fight of budget cuts to keep their music programs in public schools. II. Without music programs, children will not succeed in school, nor will they be able to express themselves in society. III. After doing research for this speech, I hope to persuade each of you to let the government know that they can’t cut music programs in public schools. (Transition: Let’s start by looking at the causes of why music programs get cut in public schools.) Body I. School district decision makers make standardized tests their highest priority for students. A. According to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, it states that “school districts must measure and prove that students make ‘adequate yearly progress ’” on standardized tests. 1. This means that school districts have to prepare students to get higher

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