Music education makes for a poor commodityhttp://libcom.org/blog/music-education-makes-poor-commodity-23052017
Date Written: 23/05/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20903
Privatizing the teaching of music into a commodity and decreasing attention spans is leading to poorer music education.
Excerpt: The privatization of music education has turned it into a commodity, and with students becoming increasingly addicted to instant stimulation and gratification, a pretty bad one.
With kids "primed" by advertisers for the next, to use Alyson Gausby's words, digital "hit of dopamine", their attention spans and their motivation for effort and self-discipline are in free fall. The result, as Fisher argued, is a major mental health crisis. 1 in every 5 children has developed a mental health disorder,3 and the Center for Collegiate Mental Health reports year over year increases in depression, anxiety, and academic distress.