Has Happened To The Music?
By JOHN M. DERBY
October 5, 2017
stole the Music from our schools.
We used to have it as part of the regular curriculum, but
now it is gone. We are not talking about band, but music
classes which used to be just like reading, writing and
math for all students.
Someone must have said, “Music isn’t important
like the other subjects.”
Music is a necessity of life, and for certain people, it
is the most important lesson of all.
Who allowed this to happen? Who said Music was unnecessary?
More than once I heard an educator say: “We don’t
have time for it.”
What? You don’t have time for Music? You take away
part of life for a lot of young people
There used to be time for Music, who took that time out
of the school schedule? Was it the lawmakers? Was it the
very people the teachers' union controls?
Then why not tell the teachers' union to have the lawmakers
put it back. Our lawmakers don’t know anything about
life. Most of them are attorneys who had never lived, burying
themselves in law books so they can charge their outrageous
rates. How many of them went to a school of Music?
Well you say there is not enough money. That is the excuse
used for anything which is wrong with education. There used
to be enough money. The state took over school finances
and now there isn’t enough money. Then the state needs
to put it back.
Let’s take a vote of the people in California, mostly
of Mexican ancestry, who have always loved their Music.
“Should Music be returned to our school system? Yes
or No? The vote would be unanimous.
Some say the school day is not long enough. It was when
we were young. We never left school until 5 p.m. Who stole
the rest of the school day? They say teachers can't work
a whole day, then hire someone else to finish the day for
them. Closing schools at 2:30 or 3 p.m. should be against
With both parents working, letting the kids out of school
at that time is criminal. It opens the gate to gangs and
violence at a very early age. If our school days are not
long enough then let’s take another vote of the people
“Should the school day be returned to an actual full
day. Ah you say that students can not study for so long.
Music isn’t study it is refreshment. It is nourishment.
It is like a mental recess for relaxation. It is a break
from this crazy world we live in. It is the lire of King
Solamon’s court bringing a calm to troubled waters.
We need to add teachers in both music and art. If the state
says there is no money, then tax the people for Music. We
are taxed for everything else. The result might be interesting.
Maybe young children would grow up enjoying the symphony.
Who knows they might even play in it.
Music is not something only important for a short time.
It lasts a lifetime. We always need Music. It is the balance
of our life.
Now, damn it, give it back!