Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
One of the ways to reduce the cost of public education while improving its quality is to eliminate public funding for art, music, dance, drama and sports. Young people have demonstrated that they are willing to devote thousands of their own hours and millions of their own dollars in private pursuit of those activities.
Class sizes can be reduced by reassigning those teachers to, essentially, reading, writing and arithmetic. The reassigned teachers can offer art, music, dance, drama and sports after school hours while getting extra pay from students and their parents.
We probably could then provide 12 years of public education that results in college equivalent BA degrees in many fields.
W. L. Haynes
West Valley City
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