The Arts Are Always The First To Go When A Budget Crisis

1274 WordsApr 29, 20176 Pages
The arts are always the first to go when a budget crisis arises in any school. 4,100 arts teachers were planned to be laid off in June of 2011 (cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com). Athletics are always prioritized while the art and music programs get the shorter end of the stick. 4,100 arts teachers were planned to be laid off in June of 2011 In April 2016, my high school’s indoor drumline was eliminated due to issues with funding. This program had been a major part in the high school’s music program for over 16 years, and brought widespread recognition to the school for their excellent performances. The irony with the school’s claim in cutting the drumline was that not long after, the football team along with various other athletic teams,…show more content…
They work hard day in and day out to be able to represent the school wherever they compete. However, I believe that they do not see members of the music program in the same way. We play instruments sitting down or march around a field for a few minutes during a field show while they are training for the next big game. Many claim that participating in an athletic program is much more beneficial than participation in a music program. Derrick Meador, who feels just as passionate about athletics as I do about music, writes on thoughtco.com, “Athletics is powerful and transcendent. It can bridge gaps, bring people with relatively nothing in common together, and gives many participates unbelievable, life-altering opportunities.” He also makes the assertion that athletics can “provide opportunities,” “promote school pride,” and “bring recognition.” While he is not directly attacking the presence of a music program, his arguments are used again and again by opponents of the music program in my district. Meador’s claims are correct, but those qualities are not specific to just a school sports team. These qualities are definitely present in a a music program. After graduation, high school athletes have the ability to pursue their sport in the college of their choice. In some instances athletes may even receive a full ride to their college. However,

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