I'm writing from Ontario where I am a B.ed student soon to graduate. Ontario is undergoing major educational reform which has included reduced transfer payments from the federal government. This translates into fewer dollars in the classroom, and yes, you guessed it, the arts are the first to suffer. Music specialists are being removed from schools, as are P.E specialists in some areas. So far, art has survived in most schools, but for how long?
If only McDonalds and IBM were interested in these subjects, Ontario schools might have the funding they need to continue to offer these courses that are critical to developing well-rounded, critical thinking students.
Just had to add my two cents!