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Hey California…

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This SUCKS!!!

Yesterday, California arts advocates were hit HARD when they were shutout for the third time to keep arts education mandatory in schools. In fact, the Assembly voted 76 to 0 in favor of a bill that would allow more students to skip arts instruction entirely during their high school years.

Looks like no one is watching Glee over at the Assembly!


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41 comments to “Hey California…”

  1. 1

    Illegal immigrants are a strain on California's economy.

  2. 2

    If someone doesn't give a fuck about the arts, why force them to take art education?

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  4. 4

    Glee is an insult to art.

  5. StayC says – reply to this


    Re: jerkstore – I second that!

    But seriously… no physical education, no music, now no art… We're dumbing down future generations on every level! This is awful. We should just let illegal immigrants take over since we're ruining our country's future as is.

  6. 6

    Perez in Kentucky we have to take arts classes in middle & high school and I can tell you it has not helped me at any point in my life. I wish my schools would have focused on subjects of importance such as math and science, knowing those 2 things will take you very far in life! The board probably knows that too!

  7. 7

    As a future educator in California's public institutions it is difficult to hear that art programs will be cut. However, money for public education is not much, thus it is important to allocate it wisely. More intellectual professionals are needed rather than more artistic prefessionals. I am not bashing anyone, and again, I would prefer for arts programs to stay, but given the circumstances it only makes sense to let them go.

  8. 8

    I really don't give two shits about California. They are too busy griping about Arizona and coddling illegals to take care of their own problems. Infrastructure is beginning to collapse, the educational system is taking a hard hit, and people can't even get a tax refund because the state is so fucking broke. Wait until the San Andreas fault decides to shake shit up. FUCK CALIFORNIA, they deserve the biggest shit sandwich they can bite.

  9. 9

    I went to a Magnet performing arts high school, and it was the absolute best. Should it be mandatory to GRADUATE? I don't think it should be. Honestly. But having arts in school was a stress reliever. My old high school has highest graduation rate in district, along with majority of the students graduating with a 3.0 GPA or higher. That says something.

  10. 10

    Customers May Be Charged For Stores' Paper Bags

    POSTED: 6:46 pm PDT June 2, 2010
    UPDATED: 7:05 pm PDT June 2, 2010

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It could soon cost California shoppers at the checkout if they forget to bring their own bag to the grocery store.

    Legislation passed Wednesday by the California Assembly would prohibit grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and convenience stores from giving out plastic bags. It would also charge customers for using store-issued paper bags.

    If signed into law, California would be the first state to impose a statewide ban.

    The ban's goal is to get rid of unsightly plastic bags that often wind up in urban rivers and the ocean, as well as reduce the number of bags heading for landfills.

    A spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the Republican governor supports a plastic bag ban. The bill, AB 1998, also would need to be approved by the Senate.

  11. 11

    That's EXACTLY why I moved out of state~well that and the stupid bullshit about taking the pledge out of the schools. My 6th grader has had mandatory art classes since kindergarten and its something he greatly excels at…..Oh and music is required too… Yeah English, Math and Science are the most important subjects but forgetting about the ARTS IS A TOTAL SHAME AND SHAM!!

  12. 12

    I don't see this as a problem. REAL problems are when schools can't afford to have any arts programmes.
    I don't have a problem if they want to skip it. They're the ones missing out. I loved art class in high school, and it was a much needed break during a long day at school. I had to take music classes from the time I was in kindergarten until 8th grade, and I hated it. I think most children in the US take music and art from the time they start school until 8th grade, so why force it on them in high school if they're not interested?

  13. 13

    Is this another badly written Mario article? After I posted, I realised I may be completely confused… Are they allowing students to SKIP art and music classes (not make it a mandatory course to graduate) or are they passing a bill allowing schools to eliminate arts programmes due to a lack of funding?
    F'in Mario and his ghost writers!

  14. 14

    This is very sad so glad we dont live in that crappy state. More worried about passing laws that restrict rights than giving their children a better future. DUMB!

  15. 15

    The part that pisses me off is that they will cut all arts programs but spend millions on new football stadiums. No art means that more low culture will seep in in its place, and people will end up thinking lady gag-gag and Glee is "art". *cough

  16. 16

    It has been proven time and time again that students who have classes in the arts and/or physical education do BETTER IN ALL OTHER SUBJECTS. Our public school system will continue to fail due to measures like this.

  17. 17

    Re: kygirl05 – i didn't took any of those classes and believe me, i have wished i had taken them, every single day of my university life

  18. 18

    Meh, If someone doesn't care about art then they should not be forced to go and it most definitely shouldn't count towards their grade. Kid's end up going to school far too much anyways..Only to end up forgetting 75% of the things they learned…The education system is broken anyways. Teachers basically "train" a kid for a test and that information stays there just long enough for him to take/pass the test then its quickly forgotten. The teachers don't take the time to see if the child understands and can comprehend it.

  19. 19

    Re: jerkstore – Agreed.

  20. 20

    They get an elective in high school. I have no problem with it being optional in high school.

  21. 21

    It seems strange that California is doing this when Hollywood is America's, if not the world's, biggest centre for the creative industries which generates so much money for the economy. Doing this will either seriously damage the film/music industry in the future or just force it to move somewhere else, if not another country entirely.

  22. rayna says – reply to this


    If we didn't have to hand over billions to illegal aliens maybe we could have better schooling. When will it end???

  23. 23

    Your right, it does suck, but, alas, there is simply no money.

  24. Allik says – reply to this


    there are many jobs in arts and therefore it should be part of the mandatory curriculum. not to mention the spiritual, psychological, emotional and intellectual benefits. BUT this is what happens when you elect a republican government Cali… just sayin'

  25. 25

    Wow…just realized I stopped taking art in 5th grade. I took band though, and that counted.

  26. 26

    Is art important…yes. While it shouldn't be mandatory for every student to take an art class, I do think it should be mandatory to at least offer it. However, the whole state of California is broke as hell, maybe they can't afford to offer art.

  27. 27

    If they cut welfare and got rid of all the illigals then they would have the extra funds needed for extras for California legal tax paying children. You can not fit five pounds of shizt in a three pound bag.

  28. @v@ says – reply to this


    It's akin to eliminating recess breaks outside (fresh air, Vitamin D, and fitness) for younger kids so the teachers or board can shorten the work day. It gives no thought to rounding out a child's education or bringing balance into the school day. No fun or creativity = kids that hate school.

  29. 29

    I bet they kept the sports teams. We're going to be a nation of football fan retards. Oh wait.

  30. 30

    Re: jerkstore – exactly!

  31. 31

    That's like saying the arts are a less important part of life……I have always thrived on artistry and think that living without it would put creative kids n the back seat for the more analytical. It's a horrible idea.

  32. 32

    Re: somethingalways – agreed.
    Re: .::shayla::. – agreed

  33. 33

    It is about PERSONAL CHOICE, I would think you would be all over that..but noooo…you want the world to live as you think they should. God Complex???

  34. 34

    Seriously, you have no fucking clue!!! The state of CA is so fucking broke, including all the schools. My kids went to school there for 3 years and the teachers were asking for simple supplies like reams of paper, dry erase markers, chalk, etc. I sent many school supplies for the teachers every year. Something has to be cut. As much as you think this is so fucking important, it's truly not. The education system there sucks so bad and they really need to focus more on the basics and the overcrowded classrooms than having to pay for teachers to teach classes that are not college pre-requisites. You need to get a fucking clue!!!

  35. 35

    Re: SlickWilley – Agreed. And then Cali is worried about what another state is doing, while theirs falls apart. AZ is enforcing a federal law and trying to keep their state from becoming a shit hole like California has become.

  36. 36

    Just another move to dumb down America. People who think the arts aren't an important part of their education are ignorant.

  37. 37

    Re: kygirl05 – You will see down the road that it was valuable.

  38. 38

    California is broke. Your beloved Democrats ran it right into the ground.

  39. 39

    Not all kids excel in the arts. But, that being said, why not let them chose between the arts or sports? Not all kids excel in sports either.

  40. 40

    Re: somethingalways – If someone doesn't give a fuck about maths or science when it no longer plays a necessary part daily life, why force them to take that education?

  41. 41

    "The arts can no longer be treated as a frill," said U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan in an address to the Arts Education Partnership National Forum, April 9, 2010. "Now– as we move forward with reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act–is the time to rethink and strengthen arts education. I believe education is the civil rights issue of our generation. … First, the arts significantly boost student achievement, reduce discipline problems, and increase the odds that students will go on to graduate from college. Second, arts education is essential to stimulating the creativity and innovation that will prove critical to young Americans competing in a global economy. And last, but not least, the arts are valuable for their own sake, and they empower students to create and appreciate aesthetic works."