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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000416.txt from 2001/05

From: "David C. Kumpf" <dkumpf@-----.com>
Subj: RE: [kl] Band
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 13:00:13 -0400

I'd like to know what they expect to have happen over the long term in math
and computer science if they remove music from the curriculum...

-----Original Message-----
From: Buckman, Nancy [mailto:nebuckman@-----.us]
Subject: RE: [kl] Band

We are currently arguing the withdrawing of arts electives in my county here
in Maryland. Our Board of Education has cut all fine arts, tech. ed. and
foreign language electives from the sixth grade curriculum in order to
insert an extra hour of reading. Our state code requires that these
electives be offered for selection by all middle school students. I just
testified two nights ago at a county council budget hearing concerning this
removal of curriculum content to a packed house (in favor of keeping the
electives). I just want to know where folks think they are going to find
their leisure entertainment, their stylish clothing, computer games,
interpreters, etc. when we no longer have students studying foreign
languages, music and art. I really wonder what solid matter is between
these folks' ears.

Nancy

Nancy E. Buckman, Technical Assistant
School of Health Professions, Wellness and Physical Education
Anne Arundel Community College
Arnold, Maryland 21012 USA
Phone 410-541-2316 Fax 410-541-2233
nebuckman@-----.us

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bilwright@-----.net]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2001 4:53 PM
> To: klarinet@-----.org
> Subject: [kl] Band
>
> As part of a budget dilemma that our local school district faces
> right now, and in which I am active in a minor way, I'd like to ask:
>
> Is it unusual for a junior high school ('middle school' in some
> areas) to require band or orchestra in order to receive a diploma? My
> question is not related to my previous posts about one of my
> grandchildren who was required to play in band. But given our local
> budget dilemma, I would like to hear if such a requirement is highly
> unusual?
>
>
>
> Thank you,
> Bill
>
>
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