The arts are a very integral part to anyone's (especially my) education. The arts opens your mind to new things, and believe it or not, they teach more than just how to draw or make music, they teach dedication, leadership, and responsibility, along with many other skills that helps one succeed. You can't just throw away the things that on the surface seem unimportant.
Don't you people understand that the Founding Fathers wanted schools to be private, for-profit institutions where only the children of the landed elites would be allowed to study, learn, and hopefully better themselves?
Don't you understand that the poor are undeserving of education, since they are destined to remain wage slaves. And, should they be allowed any education at all outside of the finer arts of cleaning, cooking, and stocking groceries, it must never include any sort of enlightenment about the arts, history, politics, civics, or current affairs.
As a public school teacher, I can personally vouch for what arts education brings to our students. There has been study after study after study to show that participation in the arts raises SAT scores, standardized test scores, grades, and even keeps kids out of trouble. So why, when SC is near the bottom for standardized test scores that we seem to hold so dear, would we cut a program that raises them? I know it's easy to look at the arts and say they are not important. Kids need to read, write, and do math- and I totally agree, but when we cut the arts, we are taking away our children's ability to think critically, create, imagine, and express some individuality. I am a special education teacher in the midlands, and believe me, I know the importance of the 3 Rs, but we can not continue to allow our schools to be cut down the bare minimum. Is that really the kind of education we want for our children?
I work at a high school in the upstate and the arts department, especially the music department, has more achievements in the two years I've been assisting there than the athletics department has had in those two years as well, but that is very common. I know that members of the South Carolina's Band Director Association (SCBDA) can tell you that.
Nikki Haley leading South Carolina to the very bottom.. Haley proposes cutting arts in SC, against Sesame Street for pre-schoolers, no arts programs for children. and gives her staff a forty percent increase over Sanford..thanks Tea Party for furthering SC's image of ignorance and stupidity. And what a way to attract new business....
I didn't know derp could echo.
@southsong, if art can't support itself it's really just a hobby...
This is all well and good but how are they going to balance the budget really? While cutting funding to arts and ETV is a start it is only a drop in the bucket.
Kinda like hearing people scream that cutting foreign aid and welfare will balance the Federal budget.
I have to agree with screddawg and fondokenya's recent posts. I wonder how much high school athletics actually costs, and what the benefit/cost ratio for that is.
My smile muscles hurt. And that's a good thing.
Nice review..I saw the same shows (and the finale until early this morning) and think the 8th annual was one of the best!
I guess I WILL post photos of the nude dude after watching your video. http://chuckography.blogspot.com
well then maybe she should just cut high school athletic budgets, because if it can't support itself, it's really just a hobby.
He was so not funny tonight. Couldn't wait to get out by the looks of it. Checked his watch twice and finished exactly in an hour to the minute.
just like in the school they always cut from the arts programs before anything else. typical bone heads.
Yeah, but the knee jerk reaction is always to toss out the baby and the bath water...and these decisions are being made by people who are out for their own agandas...and that is usually re-election.
Re-Election begins the day after election. Slaughtering the arts community is one of the soft targets that everyone takes aim at.
I'll take art and music over elections any day...and I would like to see a politician actually get elected without using the arts to achieve it.
That is not really the rousing defense of the arts council that you might think it is.
It is easy to make comments on something that "seems" to be 'not important', but the truth is we use art everyday, in every way. We rely on graphics to tell us if the product is good, or cheap. We expect to be entertained with a splashy menu and a variety of choices at a restaurant. (art work, photos, graphic arts) A menu is a form of art.
We wouldn't enjoy not having piped in music in a store. We are used to it, and did you know that grocery stores have "programed music" that is scientifically have certain songs playing at a designated time because, they know from testing, that these particular songs elicit an emotion. That emotion creates a sale. So if you don't want to be manipulated while shopping, wear your iPod.
The commercials on TV....some of them are a hoot! And the rest are for taking a break and getting some more coffee. However, art is created, the film is shot, and it took other people who are TRAINED to do all of these things.
And then there are the musicians who create the music. Everything that we watch or see, in almost every case has an element of music. Have you ever watched a movie without music? It is BORING!
Music is the direct connection to the human. It resonates and vibrates our bodies. It is one of the most powerful things on earth....
So Gov. Haley, coming at this from a business perspective...if we don't fund the arts, in a few years or so, no one will really know how to make a snappy sound track for your next campaign...or how to photoshop your next campaign ad...or how to set up the sound system so people can hear you through a microphone. Or how to design your stationary....your website, your background music, your political ads and signs...why you won't have a "Brand" because the arts are not that necessary....
So Gov. Haley, ...You better get crackin' with that photoshop tutorial...you're gonna need it.
Gee, I don't know, screddawg - is the part of your brain that tells you that you are reusing someone else's insults broken?
The budget is going to hurt, but she gave her cabinet an almost 40% pay raise as compared to Sanford's...
Mat, does the part of the brain that is supposed to keep you from talking when you don't know what's going on broken or do you just ignore it?
I hear that forty percent of the state's budget goes to education.
And Jusme still does not know when it's appropriate to use "it's".
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