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Mandy Franciskovich

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Our Artists and Musicians of the future at risk of extinction?

As a musician and artist myself, I cannot imagine a life without being able to sing, play an instrument, paint a piece, or shoot a photo. These things for me, like so many others, made life and school a little more bareble in my earlier years. Now, with that said, can you imagine schools without these extracurricular activities? Many schools across the nation have deemed these programs "unnecessary" for the student curiculum, and yet, supports the sports programs unquestionably. For many, Art and Music is a "destresser" and while doing so it is the only time that they feel excepted by their peers. These things encourage creativity and personality. It may not be everyone's cup of tea is to go outside and run chasing a soccer ball, to write a short story for English or even to solve an algebraic equation. It is this area alone where some students find that they excel in. I want to know why is it that Art and Music Programs around the nation are starting to dwindle away when there is so much good that can potentially come out of these classes? Many schools think that this topic/these classes are unimportant in the wider view of things. If everyone chooses their own path, and there is already so much bad in the world, why not encourage a positive program and may appeal to some, though not others? Art and Music keeps some kids off the streets, gives them a reason to go to school at all. I can't understand why school districts would take our potential genius Artists and Musicians of the future hopes away, especially when it very well may be all that they have. Math is necessary, as is History and English, but to some, so is Art and Music. It is not just something to be interested in. For many, such as myself, it is a way of life and living.

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    Feb 17 2012: I believe that it is a great loss to cut out such programmes from schools, it comes from a mere misunderstanding of the potential. Unless you can live out of your art, you will find yourself to face the job market and such courses create skills.
    The precision and dedication required to learn art, even if you have a talent for that, are qualities needed in all field. A mind that is able to think broader is necessary in a world like ours where things are in one minute and out the next. Art is made of connections, so understanding art will develop your mind into one able to connect things and take conclusions.
    Especially if you will not be an artist in your future, you should have the broadest education ever and so one including the arts too.
    I don't think it is a necessity only to the few that will eventually be artists, even if depriving them of the possibility to discover their talent even when the family environment is not able to do it is a real problem. I think they will discover it eventually, but it may be too late.
    School must educate the future generations of creativity.

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