I am fortunate to work in a school district that supports the arts at the elementary level all the way through high school. Our parents, in fact, wouldn’t have it any other way. Unfortunately though, many school districts across our nation are continuing to cut arts education programs at every level due to the current economic crisis. Math, reading, and the sciences are important to continue competing on an international level, but the arts give us the CREATIVE edge to compete in a global market. In this way, and in so many other ways, the arts help define who we are as a nation, who we are as a culture, and who we are as individuals. Why would we as a society ever take that away from children? As art educators, as educators, as parents, we need to make our voicese known at the local and national levels – for as often and as long as it takes. A great resource site for us all can be located HERE.