In this research essay, Picante explains the importance and benefit of music education in public schools. He also explains that because of this importance, there are different steps that teachers can take in order to enforce and encourage the music education. In order to emphasize the lack of knowledge on the importance education (which has caused controversy), Picante conducts a research where he finds that the majority of students think music education is important but a little more than half of those students believe it should be cut from teh schools’ program. After this experiment, he educates his reader to understand the importance of music in people’s lives. He uses expert views to support that music education does have benefits on students, academic wise. Picante states, “Another study showed that students who were involved in music also scored 19% higher in English and 17% higher in Math than students without a music program at a middle school level” (Picante 62). Not only does it help in academic-wise, but also emotionally. After proving that music education is beneficial, he states that the educators should enforce and encourage this in their school through a few steps. First, there should be a flow as a student progresses from grade to grade. They should start out with of solid foundation of learning the basics and build up from there. Educators should also have great ineterst in teh topic themselves, so that the students will be interested as well. Lastly, the teachers should have methods of engaging their students, which would ensure participation and increase interest. Picante wraps up his main idea by saying, “Without music in schools, education would not be complete” (Picante 68).
In this essay, Caleb Eick thoroughly analyzes our government, its state and what people today are doing about it, compared to what has occurred in the past. The title attracted me because living in the city, the Occupy Movement was a big event, as well as an issue to others in Manhattan. The progress on the Occupy Movement was showed on the television everyday, as if it may not ever end until there was a complete turn-around. First, Eick describes the difference between a crisis and a bad economy. Eick states that, “A crisis is a large fall in the nations currency and a loss of faith in the economy. A bad economy is a short period where the economy sags but can recover” (54). Due to these definitions he claims that our current economy is in a crisis and proves with experts’ essays and he views. He also states that there may be bias because the CEO’s salaries are rising during this economic crisis. “Joshi writes, ‘Despite the soft economy, weak home prices and persistently high unemployment, some top executives are already making more than they were before the economy soured” (Eick 57) Based on his statements and experts statements, with a they say, and I say, he shows that the protestors realized the injustice within the system, therefore creating the Occupy Movement. He ends with saying that even though the government seems to fight for our people, we are too suppressed not only by the economic crisis, but also corruption and injustice (Eick 59).