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Art and music make better students and better lives



Published: Fri, January 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Art and music make better students and better lives

EDITOR:

It has come to my attention, as well as that of my peers, that certain teaching jobs and curriculums are being cut, namely art and music programs at the elementary level and life skills programs at the middle and high school level in the Struthers city school district.

It is nationally known that there is a program entitled Save the Music, and every year it proves to be a strong backbone to the world of creativity, imagination, education, and it expands the intelligence level of many students of various backgrounds and ages.

Statistics show that students who are actively involved with music and arts programs receive higher grades and a higher knowledge that isn't ordinarily explained within the context of basic classes.

When I was in the seventh grade, shop class was taken away and soon after technology took over. But without wood work and art, what types of building and construction would there be? Now that I am a senior with two younger sisters in grades eight and 10, what classes will be left for them to participate in? What classes will expand on how each individual perceives the world and envisions the future?

Granted that English, science and government are vital components of the overall learning system, but art and music enhance students' overall academic performance and give hope that if the mind can create it, then anything is possible.

Personally, I have learned how to figure out taxes, how to purchase a house, what food is good and what hidden words are used to trick buyers in life-planning, nutrition and wellness classes. I have also learned how architecture, which involves math and science, is a work of art and how it takes the creation of art in order to make everything happen. I have also participated in band and it has shown me that it takes great discipline to understand what I am playing and why I am playing and the number of beats it takes in order for everyone to be in time.

Without these great classes, many people will be left without jobs, without hope, without creative visions and bright futures. Many will think that this is just an overreaction, but the majority of the student body, not only in my school, feel that taking away these subjects is also taking away the right of freedom of expression.

Therefore, as a dedicated student, I am expressing myself for the rights of art, music and in opposition to various subject cuts. I hope that someone with the love and respect of art and music will acknowledge this letter and help the students do something about it.

ALEXIS PERRY

Struthers

You're giving me a headache

EDITOR:

The recently rekindled arguments between the creationists and evolutionists may be entertaining but hardly constructive.

Each side comes into the fray fully armed with their firmly entrenched pre-conceived notions of how things are and proceeds to beat the other over the head with them.

This head butting reminds me of the two rams in the Dodge commercial. It accomplishes nothing and everyone gets a headache.

JOHN ZEDAKER

Poland

Clarification

A letter that appeared Tuesday under the headline, "This is my country, land that I love" over the name of a Youngstown woman, was not the work of the writer. It was an essay that has been making the rounds on the Internet, which the writer copied and mailed to the paper.

The Vindicator welcomes letters to the editor written by our readers, but does not knowingly use letters that have been mass produced, downloaded from a Website or plagiarized.

-- Ed.




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