published Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Letters to the Editors: Music a vital part of education

Music a vital part of education

March is "Music in Our Schools Month."

Music education everywhere across the nation is in danger of extinction.

March has been named "Music in Our Schools Month" to promote advocacy to save the programs. Music education is a very vital part of every child's education.

It has been proven time and time again that students who read and play musical scores have increased function in major areas of their brain.

Because of this advantage, student standardized test scores in subjects like mathematics and reading have increased.

In data collected on more than 25,000 secondary school students, the U.S. Department of Education found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show "significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12."

Music also teaches many life skills that students will need when they grow into the work force. It encourages self-discipline, promotes good work habits and encourages teamwork thus increasing student's self-confidence. These are many of the reasons why music education should be a part of every child's required general education.

It promotes great habits and all in all, is just a fantastic, fun way for children to learn and connect with the community.


Brighton, Tenn.

School schedules hard on children

It's been proven time and time again by doctors worldwide children up to 18 years old need at least nine hours of sleep each night for their developing brain and to meet the challenge to focus on good education.

Here in Red Bank, I hear children leave on their bus for school at 6 a.m. When I was young, I did not have to be at school until 8:30 a.m.

We cry and moan about some failing schools, rezoning jeopardizing our child's quality school capability and location with teachers who need stress tests. Yet we send our kids to school half asleep. And this has been proven to be a real problem by the experts. How stupid is this? You would have to put your child to bed at 8 o'clock every night just to barely keep up with current conditions. We are shooting ourselves in both feet.

Will someone tell me how a child in the seventh grade can determine what sex they want to be with this immature, uninformed and undeveloped mind plus not enough sleep? It is happening every day. Think...


Red Bank

Earlier letter makes the case

I want to thank Joy Sturtevant for the letter in the "Letters to the Editors" in the March 19 paper. The only way we differ is that I am Catholic and Republican.



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ROBERT D. HENRY, you are correct, it would be much wiser to start schools later, and have fewer hours in the day, but more days in the year.

Unfortunately reform won't happen, and no, it's not the fault of the teacher's unions or bus drivers unions.

March 23, 2012 at 11:38 a.m.
Livn4life said...

I agree Robert D. and Happy but still there are too many distractions later in the evening and parents hardly even try to get their children into bed earlier. This has grown worse with the information age. Since reform is not happening, it would be nice if parents stepped up and turned off the tv or computer and by all means take away the smart phones after a certain hour.

March 23, 2012 at 2:39 p.m.

Already done, but I can't put the children to sleep immediately after dark...especially when that dark may not be till 8 PM.

Parents can't help on the going to bed side, the problem is still getting the children up too early for schools. It's not as simple as the hours of sleep, but the time of day itself.

March 23, 2012 at 4:37 p.m.
LibDem said...

For centuries, kids got up before dawn to do their farm chores and somehow survived. We've dumbed our kids down a little too far.

(I'm really puzzled about the seventh graders trying to determine their sex. We're talking major parental lassitude.)

March 23, 2012 at 5:33 p.m.

You might want to consider a better example than that, because during those centuries, most children actually died from disease and malnutrition.

I think we can do better.

March 23, 2012 at 5:38 p.m.
LibDem said...

happywithnewbulbs, You're right of course. Early to bed and early to rise leads to disease and malnutrition. But, seriously, kids are quite capable. We just need to remove the obstacles.

March 23, 2012 at 6:31 p.m.
Plato said...

The problem with schools is not the lack of music courses. The problem with the school system is it's graduating kids that can't file their income taxes, think the president sets gas prices and has trouble finding the United States on a world map.

Schools need to prepare kids for life which means learning the basics of civics, geography, US history, math, science and business. Music, art and other non essential subjects should be electives. That way if a parent wants to require their kid to lean to play an instrument in order to improve their math skills they can make that decision.

March 23, 2012 at 9:07 p.m.

LibDem, no, the disease would come from unsanitary conditions, the malnutrition would come from the lack of a stable food supply. Which was combined with considerable hours of labor which interfered somewhat with the early to bed/early to rise mantra.

Children may be quite capable, but they can be wrung out as well, and the obstacles aren't always what people think.

Plato, I wonder about the trouble finding the United Sates on a world map. I think the kids may just be playing the fool because they hate the exercise.

March 23, 2012 at 9:18 p.m.
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