Remember Mr. Holland and his opus? It’s a pretty schmaltzy movie, but the place it gets real is when the principal informs Richard Dreyfuss that the school is cutting the arts programs because they need the money for fundamentals like long division. Mr. Holland gets all Mr. Holland-y and tells the dude that “Well, I guess you can cut the arts as much as you want, Gene. Sooner or later, these kids aren’t going to have anything to read or write about.”
Now, I’m not much of a movie-crier, which makes attending movies with my husband rather embarrassing. I think I’ve mentioned that the end of An Officer and A Gentleman makes him weep every single time… But, those teacher movies often have their way with me, and Mr. Holland’s Opus is no exception. I may not have outright shed tears in that final scene, but I definitely got a little choked up.
J, of course, was sobbing.
We need to fund arts education. You want me to give you some reasons? Sure, I’ll give you some reasons. How about building self-esteem? Bringing meaning into kids’ lives? Providing an outlet for children who might not have the words or the therapist or whathaveyou to let out all the emotion that goes along with growing up? Building music- and art- and theater-lovers for the next generation so that our world doesn’t become just a web of criss-crossed highways and rising temperatures?
Or, maybe I could just give you one reason:
Yeah, I cried when I watched that one, too.
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