Dr. Ryan Shaw, assistant professor of music education at Michigan State University, wrote this post urging the legislature not to scrap the 1-credit arts education requirement for high school graduation. There is a move underway to drop that requirement and replace it with a potpourri of “21st century skills.”

As Dr. Shaw points out, this is sheer nonsense. There is no more important 21st century skill than the ability to understand, participate in, and communicate in the arts. Music and art unite us, regardless of geography, gender, race, culture. They are vital human skills appropriate for every century.