Mu­sic lessons cam­paign

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View -

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Alice Fer­gu­son, MSYP for Lin­lith­gow, for rais­ing aware­ness that West Loth­ian Coun­cil may scrap free in­stru­men­tal tu­ition in schools.

She is do­ing what the lo­cal au­thor­ity has not done in its con­sul­ta­tion, ‘Trans­form­ing Your Coun­cil’, a doc­u­ment that ex­em­pli­fies the power of mys­ti­fi­ca­tion by man­age­ment speak.

At the bot­tom of page six, pro­posed changes un­der Ra­tion­al­i­sa­tion of Sup­port to Schools in­clude: “… in­te­grat­ing a re­duced in­stru­men­tal mu­sic pro­vi­sion into the main­stream cur­ricu­lum”.

The lat­ter state­ment is not plain English.

It cre­ates a fog so that par­ents of young in­stru­men­tal­ists do not un­der­stand what the coun­cil pro­poses to do.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, many didn’t re­alise the ser­vice is un­der threat un­til af­ter the con­sul­ta­tion had closed.

My daugh­ter’s mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion has been one of the shin­ing lights in her West Loth­ian school ca­reer, and I be­lieve free mu­sic-mak­ing can pur­pose­fully unite peo­ple from widely dif­fer­ing back­grounds.

I wish to add my voice to any oth­ers who be­lieve they did not get a proper say. Therese Ste­wart, By email

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