As a strong advocate for the benefits of music education, I find some recent statistics from the Center on Education Policy disturbing. Since the implementation of the No Child Left Behind it seems that schools are allocating more time to math and English at the expense of other subjects due to pressures to demonstrate results on standardized tests.
Yet I have found in my research that music education has a tendency to keep students involved who don’t feel part of the mainstream, wouldn’t ordinarily be interested in school, or who might have dropped out altogether.
In short, we are cutting back on the programs that actually keep children from being left behind. Oh, the irony.
More on this topic in the weeks ahead, but you can follow this link to read the press release of the CEP’s findings.