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- Source: (AP) The Shelby
Daily Globe, Shelby, Ohio - June 15, 2000
- WASHINGTON (Associated Press)
- Three in four U.S. adults think states should require a
- dose of music education in the nation's classrooms, says
- Gallup Poll released Wednesday amid a broad, star-powered
- campaign for more interest, funding, and respect for the
- "It's essential that we continue this way of thinking as
- try to reform education in this country," Connie Britton,
- actress who appears in the ABC television series "Spin
- told an audience of students, teachers, and lawmakers
- Her visit came a day after the show's star Michael J. Fox
- asked Congress to boost research funds for Parkinson's
- disease, the progressive brain disorder he was diagnosed
- with in 1991.
- Music education advocates nationwide released studies
- bolstering their support for music classes and proof that
- lessons help children learn -- and therefore deserves as
- much time in a student's day as math or science.
- Music educators named school districts in Coppell, Texas,
- and Farmington, Mich., as the nation's top providers of
- music education. And the groups -- which included the
- National Association for Music Education -- commissioned
- a poll of more than 1,500 adults on the topic, a follow-up
- one three years ago.
- In the 1997 poll, 69 percent of respondents said school
- activities produce better grades and test scores; this year,
- percent of adults believed music would help children
- Also, this year 93 percent of adults said music
- should be part of every child's education; 78 percent said
should mandate that instruction.
- Several speakers Wednesday urged congressional lawmakers
- considering the education budget to increase federal
- for music and other arts programs.
- "I urge members of the Senate to listen to the music and
- message of those gathered here," Education Secretary
- Richard Riley said, referring to the Senate
- Committee that is debating the $340 billion in education,
- labor and health spending being considered for fiscal
- which begins Oct. 1.
- Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., promised arts advocates he would
- fight to increase such funding in the House version of
- spending bill.
- Keegan Younsman-Via, a 13-year-old seventh grader from
- Portland, Ore., said arts education grants at his school
- helped support a production of a Thornton Wilder classic:
- "I got the lead role in 'Our Town' this year. I'm hoping
excel as an actor."
- On Wednesday, New American Schools, a non-profit group
- based in Arlington, Va., announced that arts learning
- become a key part of its curriculum offering to schools.
- programs are funded by federal grants for schools to try
- innovative education methods.
- The new partnership with the Grammy Foundation's
- Leonard Berenstein Center would give schools nationwide
- lessons that combine music, drama, and other arts with
- traditional subjects like reading and science.
- "There is a saying: 'A child goes to school a question
and comes out as a period.,'" Riley said. "Thanks to the work
of people here today, we may have a new saying for many and
future generations: 'A child goes into school as a scale in
C major and comes out as a symphony.'"
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