It seems simple, but that is not what is happening. Instead, legislators
and administrators are simply cutting on the basis of what’s
politically easy and what vaguely seems expendable. In education, many
administrators are quick to cut athletics, band, cheerleading, art and
music because they have the vague impression that those are luxuries. In
fact, they are exactly the programs that keep kids in school and build
Click here to read The New Normal, The New York Times, March 1, 2011.