Governor-elect John Bel Edwards’ wife Donna Edwards says she plans to stress the importance of teaching art and music in public schools as the state’s first lady. Emily Wright, a Music Teacher at Slidell Junior High, says she was really excited to hear this because many people see music as an extra course when in reality, children really need to take these classes.
“Well, there are a lot of connections between music and math and science and helping students stay in school.”
Wright says keeping art and music courses in public schools is important because there is a direct correlation with other subjects. She says music is interesting and gives students a way to express themselves.
“So it’s a nice little break in their day not mentally, but they think it is, because it’s something they want to do instead of something they have to do.”
The future first lady of Louisiana is a former public school music teacher. Wright says students who take dance, art or music classes are more likely to stay in school.
“They don’t realize that it’s helping them but it’s something they want to do. And you know with teenage minds it’s always what they want, not what other people want.”