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The Drama over Fine Arts

June 28, 2011
By Philosophication GOLD, McKinney, Texas
Philosophication GOLD, McKinney, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"This above all: To thine own self be true."
William Shakespeare's Hamlet

"To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid."

I believe that the Fine Arts should survive the recent round of budget cuts. Fine Arts allow teens to express themselves in creative ways, allowing a new generation of artists, singers, actors, and others, enriching the culture of the world for years to come. However, it seems as if school boards don't think that Fine Arts is not important enough to keep in the budget. I would like to point out, though, that Athletic programs are practically untouched. May I mention the booster clubs for said Athletic programs create a good amount of revenue, whereas all Fine Arts cannot create substantial revenue by themselves. One could logically think to cut the athletics budget, and let the booster clubs take up some of the slack, and keep the Fine Arts program afloat. As a student in the Theatre program, I know that the necessities for any show, i.e. props, costumes, sets, royalties, are not covered by ticket sales, and the raft that is the budget is deflating at an alarming rate. If the Fine Arts budget were to completely disappear, not only would so many aspiring artists of all kinds lose the chance to gain the skills necessary, it would open the door to the depletion of the Special Education budget, including the Gifted and Talented program. Being a Gifted student, I would know how difficult it would be to be in mainstream classes. Gifted children think differently, and at a higher rate than then most people. If the GT classes were to cease, great intellect and creativity would go to waste, creating a group of incredibly brilliant, but under-challenged, unmotivated children. It would seem, from the trend in budget cuts, that schools are only willing to accept athletic excellence, and will ignore all other forms of achievement. Do we really want a country based on mediocrity? Do we want to waste the amazing skills of those who are a part of the Fine Arts and GT? America is a truly exceptional. Shouldn't the people who make it up be exceptional as well?

The author's comments:
I am a part of Theatre, Choir, and the Gifted and Talented program. However, if they were to be cut, there is a good chance that I could not afford collage, as most of the ways I could make a career, and get scholarships, would vanish. I would like to collage, and so would many other Fine Arts and GT kids, but not all of them can afford tuition, without these programs.

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on Feb. 10 2012 at 9:45 pm
Randomscreennamelalalala PLATINUM, Bonney Lake, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
-Albert Einstein

I'm a gifted student too, and I agree. As far as the writing goes, I think you should use stronger words; i.e., replace 'it seems' with 'obviously'. I love the question-at-the-end method, but there were so many of them that I didn't read all of them. Other than that, I love it. I hope I helped.

on Jan. 31 2012 at 2:29 pm
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

You bring up an interesting argument---when schools have to make cut backs, one of the first things to go is the arts department. This has got to stop! I don't care what people say, art has significance in our world. How can we deny students a way for them to explore their minds, test their abilities and to use their imagination? At my school, the costs for the sports activities are much higher than my sister's theatre fees. There are other forms of achievement---not just being a science fair winner or scoring the most touchdowns in a game, but being an exceptional artist.

julian GOLD said...
on Jul. 16 2011 at 1:24 pm
julian GOLD, Eugene, Oregon
17 articles 17 photos 223 comments

Favorite Quote:
The goal is not about living forever, the goal is about creating something that can.

Absolutely. I totally agree with you. I don't even know how to create a counter-argument against this if I wanted to. The world needs its artists! That's a fact. And good article! It is really well written, the only suggestion I have is to expand it further, and divide it into several paragraphs to make it flow. But great content, and excellent examples! Nice work! Also, I'm looking for some critique on an article I recently wrote about my opinion on the universe. If you want, you should check it out. Thanks!