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Anonymous Music Teacher

Hello Diane,

I just finished reading The Death and Life of the Great American School System. I want to thank you for putting into words all the frustrations I have barely been able to verbalize with what I see happening in my schools. As I swiftly get shoved to the side in the name of raising test scores, it’s refreshing to know that there are educated people out there who still think sanely! Your book was recommended to me by our assistant band director. He would send me one or two line quotes daily that sounded like they came directly from my mouth (but much more eloquently, of course!). As I began reading it, I quickly realized that I need to keep a highlighter handy because so much of it was noteworthy.

This year has been a difficult one for me as I have seen more rapidly than ever that my role in education is becoming viewed as irrelevant. In multiple ways, it has been brought to my attention that I am primarily responsible for aiding “academic” teachers in raising our value added data, and not for teaching music. It brings me hope to know that there are still people in position of educational authority who see liberal arts education not only as important, but vital. Thanks for all you’re doing to try and restore thinking into schools!