In the title of this post, I’ve taken liberties with Shakespeare’s famous line about music in order to illustrate what seems to be a universal belief among Yahoo! News 60 Minutes readers in regards to our most recent segment. That belief: that music education is crucial to the healthy development of kids.
Our latest segment focuses on Venezuela’s unusual approach to music education, a national system that adopts underprivileged children almost at birth (really, at around 4 years) and nurtures them through music into adulthood. The results have been remarkable, with superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel being the most high-profile alumni.
The results of our online, unscientific poll were the most lopsided ever, in response to the question of whether Venezuela’s successful experiment should be replicated here. Ninety-six percent of our readers said ‘yes.’ It leaves me wondering what real-world poll results might be to the same question, and whether such a poll might influence policy makers.