The road to hell is sometimes paved with good intentions. In the pursuit of No Child Left Behind ( 2001 Congress Act) and the frenzy towards desired higher test scores, school districts across the country doubled down on so-called core subjects like reading and math. Some kids got drill and kill double dosed. Add to it the fill-in-the-bubble testing mania, the Great Recession and pinched budgets. Music, visuals and performing arts were often the first to suffer.
As expected, motivation took a hit when the heart and soul, that softens the daily grind, was removed from our schools. Face it, for many kids, music or sports are the sole connection and engagement keeping them from truancy…….