Don’t let arts be easy budget-cutting target

I’m a 1989 graduate of Stillwater High School. After SHS, I attended Macalester College and the University of Texas School of Law, and have been a practicing lawyer and a tenured law professor, along with producing a nationally syndicated radio show and owning a family music record label.

In my academic career, my time in Stillwater’s music program ranks at the top — there are no more than two or three classes that have been more important to me than Jim Hainlen’s orchestra program. Orchestra taught me to think critically, to listen to others, to appreciate beauty in all its forms and to work hard towards a common goal.

I understand that the music programs are potential targets in budget discussions. Such cuts must be tempting; to many, I’m sure music and arts more generally look like luxuries. They are not. The arts help develop those analytic and creative thinking skills that, for myriad reasons, sometimes get missed in other disciplines.

I know there are countless pressures and demands in the budgeting process. Don’t let the arts be seen as an easy target. They’re too important.

William Childs
Austin, Texas

  • Jackson5

    Maybe William we could have many of our local residents join the orchestra. Then maybe they to can “…learn to think critically, to listen to others, to appreciate beauty in all its forms and to work hard towards a common goal.” Because currently, mos residents feel that if it doesn’t directly effect them, then who cares!

    Back when you went to school in Stillwater, Most residents were able to see the big picture and not find convenient excuses for not voting for a levy. Sorry William, but more than likely the selfish majority will vote down the levy and then we can listen to the reasons come rolling in…”it’s the teacher union’s fault, the Superintendent makes too much, or my kid gos to “the Prep” anyway. Yup, let the excuses roll in, but God forbid anyone dare cut a program that I care about!

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