As teachers in the public school system we are always encouraged to be holistic in the way we deliver the curriculum, teaching to strengths, helping overcome challenges and especially encouraging interests and passions.
Over my 40 years of teaching, what a joy it has been to see children who are really passionate about sports, music, math, science or art. It has also been a privilege to encourage them in music, a subject I had an opportunity to teach at different stages of my career.
To think that those students whose passion is music are now being denied the right to pursue their dreams at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is very upsetting. How short-sighted.
This career demands patience, dedication, persistence and focus. Just think of the hours of practising and rehearsing. This is what music students do in order to achieve their goals. This dedication carries over into other careers should these students choose another path later on.
Music students and graduates are creative, contributing citizens and, along with their counterparts in other art disciplines, make society a richer and better place. Let us recognize and honour their aspirations and provide them the means to attain them.
Lynda Hornby, White Rock