Homersimpson - While I appreciate the sentiment, you are sadly mistaken if you think Central gets substantial funding for their music programs. They have nominal band dues and little else, other than a limited number of district owned instruments. (Interesting that the strings programs were not discussed. They receive even LESS funding!) That's the same with most legacy MCS schools. Legacy SCS schools such as Arlington have substantially higher band dues as well as massive booster clubs which raise funds via alumni and parent donations. You pay to play, in a sense. Central's uniforms - they came from Cordova a few years ago - Cordova's boosters bought new ones. The patch on the shoulder covers the Cordova logo. Central, Overton et al literally make magic from nothing. Which is what music, and dedicated teachers, have the power to do.
Beautiful post. Amen!
Actually music education is a substantial part of math education in the very early years. When you learn the patterns that are found in music it easily translates into mathematical skills. All three of my kids are proficient in more than one instrument and my 12 years of classical piano training are still part of my regular daily activities.
JR - I'm confused. Are you denying that the legacy MCS schools provided extensive funding for the extra curricular music activities while legacy SCS did not. In fact, it's still happening. The bands at Houston, Collierville, and Arlington have not received near the funding that Overton, Whitehaven or Central have received. When Dru Davidson says "We have 100 percent instruction in K through 5 in Shelby County Schools. Every child in a public school in the SCS receives music education. There are 100,000 kids served" they are NOT talking about the high schools.
Davidson is legacy MCS. I think he did a phenomenal job setting up the relationship with Stax. Stax provides instruments, finances, and lessons to a huge number of kids. And it was his brain child to make Humes into a arts magnet middle school that will feed into Overton. Davidson can relate music to any subject. And I applaud him for his efforts.
At each of the schools I have worked at, we have incorporated music physics into the curriculum. The music students, both instrumental and vocal, love providing samples for my physics students to analyze. Pitch, tone and beat are all related to physics. I have watched students absolutely blossom when they understand the how of the amazing music they can make. I can proudly say I sent one kid to Ole Miss to study the physics of acoustics and his scholarship was both based on both musical talent and academic achievement. A sound engineer in the making.
BTW Whitehaven's band kicked ass at Put Up or Shut Up last Sunday. They were amazing. I think my hearing is finally back to normal.
Very well said, Mr. Smith.
Sounds like Les has spilled some of his Kool-aid. Someone get him a refill, quick.
The other day a comment was posted on this site by one "jcov40", I suspect he, like you, is an old news man that has covered local government for quite a while, and you both deserve our attention. In his comment he said
"It has been clear for some time that Wharton is not very adept at running a government. He is a nice fellow but his experience is in the legal field and that doesn't necessarily prepare you to head a major governmental administration."
Mr. Wharton was county mayor, now city mayor. My question to you and jcov40 is, how long is it going to take for him to figure it out? Time is running out on Memphis.
PS Keep up the good work, I enjoy your commentary.
This is what I mean when I say you just can't judge a school district by the overall scores of the district. You can judge a school as to whether it has the facilities, qualified teachers and programs that allow any student to succeed if they put the work into it. A good school district is one that allows for success to any student that is willing to avail themselves of the opportunity and will put in the necessary work to be successful.
When charging parents the full price of these activities, it shuts out available opportunities for a lot of students. Not everyone wants to be a scientist, engineer, physicist, etc. We must have enough programs available for all of the students to participate and compete in; who knows where a child's talent/motivation will come from if programs are too expensive for the parents to afford their children the opportunity to try it.
But, as it is often said, you get what you are willing to pay for. Is it worth it to save 10 or 20 dollars per year, thereby neglecting to find the talents and or motivations for a child that is going to public school? Hell, it cost many times that down the line in welfare, Snap benefits, not to mention the cost of incarceration. Let us stop penny pinching on the future of our kids, all of the kids, regardless of economic circumstances in the child's parent(s) lives.
Great article. Memphis schools have turned out incredible musicians, but as Boone points out the benefit continues to kids at all skill levels.
My son received music scholarship offers (and academic scholarship offers) from every single college he applied to. He is currently in his junior year studying Music Education and the cost of tuition (and most of housing) has been completely covered by his scholarships. We had to purchase a professional instrument for him but it paid for itself and then some.
Thanks for the great press! Come out and play with us on Facebook and check out our current class calendar full of hooping, yoga, bellydance, circus arts, fitness classes, dance parties, drum circles, and more at http://www.comotionmemphis.com/
My grandson was making terrible grades at the last school. I became his custodial parent for education and put him in Ridgeway Middle School. He joined the band. I noticed that the better he began to play his instrument, the more his grades improved. He is now eager to go to school and ready to study when he gets home.
I had to purchase his mouthpiece and that was all. If I had to buy his horn and all the other things associated with band, I couldn't or his mother could not have afforded it.
Kudos for making music free and as inexpensive as can be. It pays out great dividends for those that stick with it.
Well, I guess this puts the complaints from "certain sectors" of the Shelby County public into perspective about legacy MCS kids getting "free" band and other extracurricular "stuff".
In practice, your rights are what the cop in front of you says they are. This is because the police are never disciplined for violating your rights. If you are arrested and later released with no charges filed, or the charges are later dropped, the cop who arrested you is not punished for his or her "error."
This is a noble effort, but I'm pretty sure those sternly worded letters will be placed in the round file as soon as the representatives leave the room.
Police review commission, really? It is a good idea only if it has power. A commission without power is just a sham.
Remember, first of all, this is your police force. It is not some separate entity removed from the control of the citizens it serves. They would like for you to think differently, but, really, you have the power to shape the police force the way you want them to be. You do it at the ballot box. You elect the Mayor, councilmen; the Mayor appoints the police director. Tell the Mayor and councilmen what you want and if you don't get it, you simply withhold your vote. If this is made clear, you will get action.
We need a good police force. That is without question, however, the police serve the citizens and the citizens need to be treated with courtesy and respect, all of the citizens, regardless of zip code.
There is no law against a citizen videoing police activity, from a respectful distance so as to not interfere with their actions. Any policeman that arrests a citizen for exercising this right should be immediately dismissed.
We want the criminals arrested, the quicker, the better, however, we don't want a police force to automatically assume, because of race, sip code, to treat people differently. Any person within the city of Memphis is first a citizen and unless there is justified suspicion or evidence of a crime, they should be treated like innocent citizens.
There should also be a revision of the training manual so as not to get officers injured and/or killed by putting them at a disadvantage when serving warrants, stopping vehicles and, most of all going into houses, etc to serve search warrants. We want our officers to be as safe as the job allows.
Crimes can be solved without the use of brutality or the subjugation of citizens rights. A good example was the 30 drug indictments and arrests. No one civil rights were violated, none were brutalized. This is the way a well trained, civic minded police force should operate. The police don't need to make up stuff to pull a car over, in Memphis, millions can be made by stooping vehicles that are actually breaking the law. Memphis has more bad and speeding drivers than anywhere I have ever been.
I support the police, I just want to be proud of this police force!
I am a dyed in the wool democrat. Senator Alexander is a republican and I don't support him, however, I am not ready to crucify him for what his senior staffer is accused of.
If he didn't know, he didn't know and this is a type of thing that one doesn't necessarily suspect from working with a person. There is too much of this blaming people for things before all the facts are in.
If Alexander didn't know, then, he took the appropriate action once these charges were filed.
As far as clearances, that is the purview of the Department of Homeland Security. Most sexual perversions, illegal, are hidden from view when a person is investigated for a clearance.
Let the senator be until it is shown that he knew or suspected his staffer of something!
@ Sharyn Bovat
The investigation began in 2010. The invoices are dated 2010. When the feds got a hold of or were informed of the invoices, it doesn't really say. But, it is a damn good Question.
the Feds KNEW he bought porn in 2010 & they could have/ should have told the prominent Senator that he had a "compromised" staffer. OMG! Lamar is on a senate JUSTICE committee, Energy Committee & Dept of Defense committee I was asked about security clearances because the staffer that had a salary of 169K had access to classified info. Something is NOT kosher... Please investigate. http://haslamfbiirsraid.blogspot.com/2013/12/reid-weingarten-im-telling-james-comey.html
T.i.p.s is the abrieviated version of .. to insure proper service ? GET IT ?
T.i.p.s works to incorage staff to falsify thier income which means other tax payers pick up the tab.
T.i.p.s. works to encorage employers to pay sub standard wages.
T.i.p.s. works to have the customer pay the service provider regardless of the quality of service.
T.i.p.s is just another scam to keep people working for less .
I hope they include a provision forcing the return of free peanuts.
And the war on drugs continues…42 years and counting, and what do we have to show for it?
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