LETTER: ‘Why are we sometimes so blind?’
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Why are we sometimes so blind?
Last night I testified advocating increasing the study of music and the arts, in front of the Highline School District Board.
Before I testified, there were several local teachers imploring the district to change legislation requiring very focused test procedures, limiting the curriculum to virtually eliminate time for anything but reading, writing and arithmetic. These teachers cited studies and research all pointing to the harmful effects of such limitations, along with a total lack of research to support what the federal government is requiring.
I came armed with research and studies as reported in Scientific American, showing the overwhelming benefits of teaching music to young and old alike, the very thing being cut in favor of teaching to the required testing.
We spend time and money and a great deal of effort to find out what works, then we do the opposite. Very strange creatures are we.
– Pete Daigle
Owner, d’Aigle Autoharps And Folk Instruments
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