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All americans should work to enhance and support music and art education in our nation's schools. A child's first years offer a critcally important window of opportunity to develop skills that determine their success. Mandating music and art on the elementary level insuring it become a part of every child's core curriculum is essential.
Ensure music and art are included as a part of a well balanced education addressing the whole child, to prepare them for the creative thinking necessary for success in the work force of the future.
Teaching students to be creative is a deliberate process and deserves its weekly exposure and guided practices by art and music educators.
Schools that have removed the Arts from their curriculum due to being deemed "at risk" by the No Child Left Behind Act suffer even more. Studies have shown that graduation rates decrease with the elimination of the Arts.
That is why we should petition Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, to incorporate the Arts into those schools that have eliminated them from their curriculum.
It is with great concern for our children's future that we implore the school administrators to seek alternative measures in order to fulfill budget cuts and curriculum changes laid upon them. We understand that schools must comply with state standards but do not believe that removing Visual Arts or Music from our schools curriculum is the answer.