Gecko Gingrich: Nattering Nabob: If the principal at my son's school did away with security in favor of art, and there was a Sandy Hook style shooting, I would be angry enough to want to go all ITG (if she were a man).No matter what you do, this is an infinitesimally small chance that there will be a school shooting. The problem (in just about every area, whether it be security, testing, etc) with schools nowadays is that the lowest denominator wins, to the determent of everyone else.
Nana's Vibrator: give me doughnuts: Schools with strong art and music programs have higher achievement levels in all subjects, but whenever there is a budget problem, they are the first to get cut as "superfluous." And when the school starts doing worse in math and science, the administrators and school boards are surprised.Sort of a loaded discussion. Sure, maybe they'll have lower language and science scores if you cut art programs - so instead of cutting arts, what do they cut? Language and science? It would seem like the answer to your argument is 'cut nothing' with regard to specific school curriculum. This school was sort of lucky in that they could free up the security money. Not every school has the luxury of neighborhood violence. Weird.
Aarontology: It's amazing how education works when you actually educate.
Raoul Eaton: Schools-to-arts beats schools-to-jails any time.I've known more than a few people who never would have found anything to care about at school if it wasn't for the art or music department. That's even in pretty good schools.
FormlessOne: Aarontology: It's amazing how education works when you actually educate.Done. Schools aren't occupational training centers, where children are stored until they can be parceled out to assigned jobs.
Nattering Nabob: There is a 99.999% chance this was a brilliant move. After all, what's the worst that could happen?
Shostie: This may just be the cynic in me talking, but $1 says he also quietly "encouraged" problem students to seek their educational fortunes elsewhere.
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