Anderton Posted October 19, 2000 Share Posted October 19, 2000 Watched the debate last night...both candidates talked about the importance of education, but not surprisingly, provided zero details on how the CURRICULUM would change. Do they favor more rote memorization? Restoring teaching the arts? Would music be as important as football? We won't find out until one of them gets in, I guess. But it also triggered some other thoughts. Every year, the National Endowment of the Arts has to fight for funding. PBS depends more and more on corporate sponsors. The level of governmental support for the arts is far lower than in, for example, Europe. I remember seeing some beautiful industrial parks in Holland, and commenting to my friend about how the companies really seemed to have a handle on industrial design. That's when he told me that there was some sort of law that companies needed to spend 2% of the budget for a building on artwork and beautification. Now, part of me says that government has no business getting involved in mandating this sort of thing. After all, this is a free country. But part of me can't help but remember how beautiful a friggin' industrial park looked! Think of the billions of dollars going to "corporate welfare," where huge, highly profitable corporations pay little or no taxes, or have incredible business blunders written off by the taxpayers (Chrysler, the S&L scandal). Okay, so the US taxpayer saved Chrysler...but they never sent me a thank-you note, with an offer for 50% off my next car purchase. Why not divert some of that pork barrel fat to something that benefits the public? Is it the job of government to attempt to legislate improvements in the quality of life, specifically with the arts? The arts don't put gas in cars or keep homeless people off the streets, but there's no doubt in my mind that walking around places that are really beautiful and artistic is a good thing. What do you think? Craig Anderton Educational site: http://www.craiganderton.org Music: http://www.youtube.com/thecraiganderton Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/craig_anderton Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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