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wow Albany Herald.....this was the best of the day, huh? Read it out loud 3 times and tell us all what the writer was trying to convey.
The squawker is saying (I think) that Math and Science are far more important than Music and Art and if people applied as much interest and time into Math and Science as they do Music and Art then we might actually have a far more intelligent society. Atleast that's what I got out of it. I could be wrong though.
Sounds to me they are simply saying how disasterous it would be if they cut out math & Science.
Math and science make the whole world run. Without math you could not begin to work the ROM portion of your computer. Oh! We would not be reading this question either. Mathematicians run the world, just most folks have not FIGURED that out yet.
They told me no math would be involved ...
Readin' "ritin', 'rithmatic! The three R's are necessary for the foundation and function of any society that has progressed beyond tribalism. Music and art play a (mostly) positive role in a society. Importance is relative. Mastery of the three R's is equivalent to learning to walk; skills needed to progress toward the goal of your choosing.
You can bet that art and music budgets will suffer long before the Democrat-run schools will eliminate a dime of administrative fat or vendor graft.
A very sizable portion of Albany & Dougherty County have not progressed beyond tribalism, especially among the tribal chiefs who are in charge.
I believe the squawker is attempting to point out that the school board sliced the budgets for two programs (music & art), while admitting they were important programs. And rhetorically queries that this destructive reasoning might well be applied to math and science in the future. In other words, the squawker is placing (music & art) equal to (math & science) in budgetary priority. Ironically, the clumsy grammar in the squawk makes it an indirect argument for English to be elevated in both budgetary and educational priorities.
Isn't it ironic that art and music are on the DCSS chopping block in the city that claims Ray Charles, while Phillip Phillips is bringing so much attention to the area? "Keeping kids out of trouble" shouldn't be the defense for art, music, or even sports programs - art and music challenge the mind in ways not available in math and science. Besides the obvious paintings, photographs, and music performances, art and music encourage the creativity that produces home and building designs, clothing designs, landscaping, automobiles, advertising, fireworks, statues, fountains, and others too numberous to list. People need math and science skills to function, but what a boring existence it would be, if it didn't include art or music.
Don't balance the budget by cheating the kids!
I think the squawker is trying to make a point that if the school system is willing to cut those programs, they just might be willing to cut math and science also.
What everyone seems to be missing is that music and art improve a students ability to learn. Studies have proved it. It is not just a class to provide entertainment or babysitting for teachers to have a planning period. And I think it is important for children to learn that there are other forms of music and art out there other than what they are exposed to at home. Taking art and music away from the school is severely narrowing these children's world. Much of what you learn in the traditional academics is rote, or finite learning. Art and music teach students to think outside the box, and that creativity is infinite.
I'm for not cutting music, art, math, English, or science. However, I am in favor of heavily cutting the non-teaching administrators rather heavily. And not with furloughs.
That would be logical, but as in the business world...leaders are the last to sacrifice. Would have ben nice of Murfree to say keep the raise, but that didn't happen either.
Ok squawkers...ya'll are loosing your touch. There are 13 or so comments posted and no one has mentioned racism yet, except for the "tribalism" comment. What's wrong? having an off day?
We aren't squawkers... we are commenters. The squawker was the one that got printed.
Y'all are forgetting something...one of the board members doesn't even have a high school diploma or GED. How can a community truly support education and the future of ALL of our children if they elect someone to the school board that doesn't meet the minimal qualifications of staff members and STUDENTS. That would be a good first step DCSS board...make sure all board members have at least graduated from high school.
I THINK THE PERSON WHO WROTE THE NEGATIVE ARTICLE ABOUT PHILLIP SHOULD BE FIRED. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS SHOW SUPPORT TO SOMEONE WHO IS REPRESENTING THE GA AREA. PHILLIP IS HELPING ELSE OUT IN THIS BAD ECOMONY BY HIS SINGING AND STAYING TRUE TO HIMSELF. I THINK TONIGHT WAS OBVIOUS BY HIS EMOTIONS. HE SHOWED THAT HE CARES AND HE IS GRATEFUL FOR EVERYONE THAT VOTING FOR HIM.
I love music.