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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000719.txt from 2001/05

From: "Dee D. Hays" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] School Board
Date: Sun, 27 May 2001 07:26:10 -0400


You continue to misconstrue everything I say. Here are the schools that did
not require any music after elementary school.

Forest, Ohio
Niantic, Illinois
Canton, South Dakota
Madison Heights, Michigan

By the way, in Canton, South Dakota, I was one of the people who fought and
won the battle to get the band and chorus students full academic credit for
their band or chorus rather than the 1/2 credit they were getting. So
please don't ever think that I want to eliminate band and chorus from the
curricula. I was trying to give possibilities for increasing the amount of
music education. There should be some mandatory classes for both middle
school and high school. You pick the amount. But to get it, you've got to
incorporate in the state requirements. Anything that is an elective is a
potential candidate for the budget axe no matter what we want.

Once a week during elementary school, now let's see. That works out to the
equivalent of just over one school year for the elementary kids. Pretty
close to what I identified as a what should be at least the minimum for the
elementary school age.

You have challenged me to name schools where they got no music past
elementary. I have done so. Now you name schools where all middle school
and high schoolers must take music to graduate. I know there are some but
they don't happen to be where my kids have gone. Is it a state requirement
or did the local board require it? If it's local, then it could be changed
at any time.

I respect your years as an educator. Like everything else, they form a part
of your experience base. But that doesn't mean your knowledge and
experience encompass all the schools across the US.

Dee Hays

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