aside from the negative-sounding headline, this is a good read. i like this quote:
“We don’t teach our children Shakespeare and Dante and Tolstoy because it makes them do better in American history class or at learning the periodic table of the elements,” said Samuel Mehr, a graduate student at the Harvard School of Education who led the work. “We teach them those great authors because those great authors are important. There’s really no reason to justify music education on any other basis than its intrinsic merits. We have our Dante, Tolstoy, and Shakespeare, and they are Bach, Duke Ellington, and Benjamin Britten.”
and this one:
“It suggests a very narrow view of what kids should be learning; it suggests kids should go to school to get a job and why should you waste time with music and art?” Winner said. “We’ve lost a sense of what it means to be an educated human being. … We have to justify the arts on their own terms, as just as important as the sciences.”
Science doesn’t deal with subjective experience. Well that’s really too bad, because that’s all that any of us ever have!
— Terence McKenna (via lutsanguisargilla)
hey. how do you stay hopeful and grateful during those times in your life when you are pummeled with disappointment after disappointment?
i’m feeling pretty down right now and could use any advice or pick-me-up.