Arts in school
I want to address the school board’s recent decision to remove a number of music, art and library classes from the WCSD curriculum. I will set aside the fact that I have been trained as a music teacher and strictly give my opinion from the perspective of a Warren citizen. I have basically lived in Warren my whole life, aside from the years I was in college. I am not one of those kids that repeatedly said, “I can’t wait to get out of here!” I love this community for many reasons, but probably the biggest reason is because the arts are such an integral part of it. There are some outstanding organizations like Struthers Library Theatre, Warren Library, Crary Arts Gallery, Warren Philharmonic orchestra, and more, that are beyond what a community this size should be able to exhibit.
Unfortunately, in the last few years, the school district has been rather unsupportive of the arts in our schools. While our community is known for the arts, our schools are gradually removing them.
How can they expect to bring families into a community with such great exhibition of the arts when the very place they would be sending their children to learn does not show the same support?
The most recent decision by the school board has been the final push for me to make a bittersweet decision. That is to move from this area. I am not the first and will not be the last. I do not take it lightly. However, when I have lived a life fulfilled by the arts, I cannot imagine raising a family and sending my children to a school that does not support everything that made me ME.
Music and art did so much for me growing up. I did not make friends easily, was bullied and had a hard time fitting in. Music and art gave me that. A group of friends, a place to shine. I can’t imagine not giving my own children that same option if they are in need of it. I know I am not alone in this feeling and I hope the school board will rethink what they are doing to the community in which these students live and grow.