Volume 91, Issue 46

Wednesday, November 19, 1997



Lacking the facts

Re: Bill 160 and the public education system, Nov. 12

To the Editor:
Thank you for printing so many different opinions for readers to ponder. I am responding to several letters regarding music and its place in the education system.

Before I get to music, we must understand what education is all about. Labarée has presented a theory that has gained a lot of popularity. The social purpose for education is threefold – one: democratic equality, two: social efficiency and three: social mobility. Essentially, school teaches people basic literacy, socialization skills, creativity and necessary work-related skills.

Current research carried out by psychologists and education theorists indicates that "song rehearsal used as a structural prompt facilitated greater reading accuracy" (Cowell-1994). This research backs up other research with similar findings such as Stewart (1991) and Christy (1956). Obviously, the facts indicate that music has a beneficial effect on basic literacy.

A study conducted in Czechoslovakia found that the positive effect of musical education on the development of creativity and the correlation between intelligence and creativity was significant. Psychologist Frances Rauscher concluded that the dramatic increase of spatial reasoning, as a result of musical studies, should increase the school curricula that draw heavily upon spatial-temporal reasoning abilities, such as math and science.

These effects do not even take into account the cultural or social benefits. Intelligent discussions usually go something like this: statement of an opinion, backed up by fact – with respect even when parties do not agree. Andrew – PLEASE GET SOME FACTS!

Kevin Harris-Lowe
Faculty of Education

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