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Recently, I received the following query as to why I thought with the passage of Proposition 30, art programs have not been restored. Let me know if you agree or disagree with my answer and analysis of this question.
"Lenny, do you think that the Arts have a legal remedy, since they have been picked on to a far greater extent, and Arts programs are not being restored. The new funding was supposed to restore programs, but the board did not use the money for this. Arts programs are still cut. Any suggestions? Thanks."
Two possible answers:
1. Arts are not core academic subjects like English, Math, Social Studies, and Science and, therefore, are not deemed essential, but are seen rather as a luxury...in public school;
2. As the renaissance illustrated, core subjects exist within an arts context and are essential to giving a real world practical application for these hypothetical academic concepts.
The real problem with your question is that it tacitly buys into an invalid and skewed argument in that we have allowed the district, and the present forces that control public education, to define the terms of engagement regarding the nature of public education in 2013. If this is allowed to stand, we lose from the beginning of this unbalanced argument.
Take a step back and look at how the rich educate their own children, while asking the simple question: If the arts are so unnecessary, then why are they so much an essential part of their children's academic formation? When you line up how they want public education to educate in juxtaposition to how the rich educate their children, you immediately see that critical analysis by a person capable or formulating their own world view is a non-negotiable essential for how the rich educate themselves.
In seeking an answer to reconcile these fundamentally different views as to what is acceptable for the education of the 1% and the 99%- the critical thinking answer that seems to explain this apparent contradiction- is that public education as defined by the 1% has an agenda to privatize public education for their own financial profit, while dumbing down and creating a docile, subservient, and obedient 99% that no longer has the ability to question their authority.
NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden made a comment about the unconstitutional wiretapping of all Americans electronic communications that is equally applicable to what is going on in public education: We are rapidly losing the ability to object to corporate government's exclusively self-serving agenda, if we don't have a public dialogue now about the nature of American society in the near future- whether the subject is privacy or public education-. then the 1% will determine who we are in total derogation of the equal opportunity based on work and not class that is supposed to be at the foundation of this country as memorialized in our constitution.