Klarinet Archive - Posting 001397.txt from 1998/04
From: exner@-----. Exner)
Subj: Budget cuts
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 19:18:59 -0400
I just think that, in regards to school being a small business vs.
institution of education, it's both. Schools have to continue to meet
standards of education, and I am lucky to go to a school with fine music
athletics, but with the recent depression just starting to shake off and
economy now recovering, the department of education still continues cost
cutting and asking that schools tighten their budgets every year, and
therefore, making money becomes a bigger issue for schools, especially
public schools who wish to maintain a high level of education quality on
nearly shoestring budget. (Remember the good old days when the supply
was always full and if you left your pencil at home, you were free to get
one from the back? Now it's if you borrow it, you return it as soon as
you're done. If it's new and you ruin it, you pay for it.)
Uh-uh--the supply closet's gone.
And as money becomes a bigger issue, music and athletics and all other
extracurricular activities become secondary.
I'd enjoy hearing some responses, but I am fearing that this topic was
of getting off that of a clarinet discussion group, and maybe we should
this to private mail with all interested.
I think it's relevant to all of us--where did we begin to learn music?
Most of us through a school music program. Where do a lot of music ed.
majors hope to find a job? In a school music program that seems to be on
its way out as far as funding goes--music is becoming secondary, as you
say. Where will the next generation of musicians come from? Where will
this generation find employment?