Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday
Morning News Post!
Readers, when it comes to issues regarding economics or politics, I’m basically a moron. I’d really like to have a better understanding about these things but somehow I just can’t muster the enthusiasm for learning about subjects filled with A.) numbers/stats/mathematical equations or B.) insufferable lying douche-bags.
So when either of the above two subjects come up in conversation, I generally have to keep my mouth shut and assume/hope that there are sensible and knowledgeable professionals making decisions for the collective good of the people. I’m not proud of this, in fact, I know it’s irresponsible. (Bad citizen! Bad citizen!) Perhaps the only thing worse than wearing your ignorance with embarrassed silence, is wearing it with loud bravado.
Unfortunately, morons don’t generally possess enough self-awareness to consider themselves as such. We’re a rare breed, much like the small percentage of children that store-bought Halloween costume warning-labels are written for, you know… the kids who are stupid enough to think that a Superman costume will make them fly BUT smart enough to read the directions on the box stating “Warning: This costume will not give you the ability to fly!”
Every so often however, a read a headline like I saw the other day: BC Government Cuts Elementary School Band Programs and I feel like I have to do something besides changing my facebook status to “Gord Campbell… WTF?!”.
SO WOULD SOMEBODY PLEASE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME?!
I know it’s easy to point to the billions of dollars spent on the Olympics and get infuriated, but the Olympics are an investment,… right? I’ll be honest, I enjoyed them from afar (Montreal) and at the time it was cool to see Canada’s notoriously “pretty but boring” city let loose and throw a party. But now that the party’s over, I see this headline about BC education cuts and my buzz has been killed, the “ugly lights” have been turned on and the record scratches to a halt as my national pride is quickly replaced with an immediate hangover of embarrassment.
Maybe it was a sound investment, I really couldn’t tell from anything I found online. But you know what else is a sound investment? Education and the Arts.
And why are we cutting expenses on infrastructure of all things? Especially education?
It doesn’t make any sense to me. The only thing I can think of is that the current Government does not see the importance of arts education, but elected Governments aren’t stupid, they won’t cut things that will jeopardize their re-election. Sooo, that would mean than the general public really isn’t too concerned about it?
Yikes! If so, that’s a whole other ball of wax to get into next SMNP.
It’s clear that I’m against these cuts, after all, my Elementary school band program was how I got started playing the clarinet in the first place! It was an amazing experience that I’m thankful for. Sure, we sounded like death. But we learned the basics of playing an instrument, learned about playing as an ensemble, rehearsing to get ready for concerts, etc. If band programs didn’t start until high-school then I think a lot of kids wouldn’t bother. Nobody would consider putting off Math class or sports activities until highschool, so why music?
Any thoughts, for or against these cuts? Please, pass’em along. Meanwhile, if you’re against these cuts then write or call your MLA, you can locate them easily here. I’ll be sending a letter on Monday.
On that note, I gotta tap out. Sorry, this SNP was pretty disjointed. I’m tired, my sinuses are killing me and for some reason the library I’m in is extremely hot and humid despite Montreal’s returning Winter weather. I’m outta here!
Thanks for reading and have a great week!