Russian-born and int’ly recognized pianist, composer, educator, author and
founder/artistic director of Non-Profit Foundation “C.H.A.R.I.S.M.A.:
Community Helping to Assure the Rescue, Inspiration and Support for Music and the Arts”
CALL TO THE MEMBERS OF CA STATE ASSEMBLY’S APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE
TO STRONGLY OPPOSE BILL AB 2446 (by FURUTANI, 55th district)
>>>URGENT AND IMPORTANT!<<< >>>URGENT AND IMPORTANT!<<< Government funding for well-balanced education for millions of CA public school students: to remain “required by law” or to turn into one of the “electives”?
The following quite improbable story could have easily worked as a memorable joke of a comedian, except it is very sad for the reason of being not just a true story… In fact, it is very hard to laugh about it, after realizing that it is about actual and repeated attempt by the elected official to institute a law that administers the logistics and curricula for education in all public schools of CA, thus impacting the lives of millions of California’s children and their families of generations to come:
In Winter 2010 CA State Assembly member Furutani (CA 55th district, Long Beach, LA, CA) once again proposed to approve legislation (infamous Bill #2446) that according to his believes, would "help" reducing the astonishing 47% high school dropout rate in CA public schools. Mr. Furutani explained that his action to create “research-informed” (in his own version) educational policy was driven by his deep concern about the fact that "high school dropouts indicated that they were not interested or engaged in their coursework" (as misquoted and taken out of context by him from quite reputable studies, made by Bill and Melinda Gates and James Irvine Foundations).
Also, according to Mr. Furutani, "there is a critical need to make the high school curriculum more engaging and relevant." That is exactly why Mr. Furutani must have acted in a “true visionary” manner and eagerly responded by proposing to … eliminate what he sincerely finds to be the most serious “obstacles” to having engagingand relevant educational experience: by turning studies of 1) visual and performing arts (VPA) and 2) foreign languages into mere ELECTIVES in the High School curriculum (vs. currently “REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION”), adding to the SAME group yet one more ELECTIVE to choose(!) from – 3) career technical education (CTE), as if any of these three subjects address similar intelligences and deserve to be grouped into the same category of electives, thus to be considered a substitute of one to another.
Could Mr. Furutani’s actions have been inspired by his constituents of Asian decent, who traditionally place the highest value on high educational pursuits, particularly including refinement in the Arts education?Or, was such “unconventional visionary” ability of Mr. Furutani impeded due to the unfortunate lack of his personal exposure to the beneficial effects of time-tested cognitive technology of the Arts education, well-documented by multiple modern neuroscience research studies? (Revealing data is available in the video “Music Instinct”, produced for PBS by Daniel Levitin/Bobby McFerrin)
It is interesting to note that nothing could stop Mr. Furutani in his continuously repeated pursuits, including the fact that proposed by him drastic lowering of public school standards does NOT resemble university admission requirements, thus preventing public high school graduates from the opportunity to qualify for higher education.He also does not find significant the fact that the process of proper establishment for the proposed by him career technical education (CTE) courses in actuality requires significant investment of funding (up to additional $1.5 million), obviously lacking during current budget deficit…
In fact, while promising easy, yet irrelevant shortcut to a complextask of increasing the percentage of high school graduation, Mr. Furutani successfully found brilliant cover-up to distract his colleagues-legislators from the highly destructive outcome –to turn the GOVERNMENT FUNDING into “ELECTIVE” for already highly underfunded the courses in foreign languages and the creative arts, instead of searching for the creative ways to meet the funding demands for what is currently so inconveniently “REQUIRED BY LAW” to be provided for millions of young students in the country’s most prosperous State of CA.(What a great way to respond to the multitude of looming lawsuits, filed by desperate school districts against the Government’s systematic and lengthy violation of this law!)
Most children of immigrants from other countries already find studying in American public schools significantly less challenging for their already existing learning capacity , established at public schools in the countries of their origin.Even without proposed legislative approval “to lower the bar” for CA educational standards additionally, during recent years United States, the leader in the World economy had to “importing” well-educated and creatively-minded professionals from other parts of the globe, eagerly offering working visas to foreigners, in order to maintain its economic advantage.
Throughout the World, the meaning of High School Diploma universally symbolizes well-rounded multi-faceted educational achievement that is earned through systematic studies of well-balanced curriculum.It will be very sad to see furutani’s succeed in instituting their own much lower intellectual standards for the future members of US workforce, while other countries methodically invest in nurturing their young generation’s advanced multi-tasking cognitive abilities and creative mental skills, that go far beyond mere reading and counting, which can be uniquely afforded through the demanding Arts education curricula for the whole-brain engagement.
Despite all the above deficiencies and thanks to its misleading nature, infamous Furutani’s Bill 2446 was already mistakenly approved by the votes of CA State Assembly members and sent to the Appropriation Committee for the final vote on May 28, 2010.Will the voice of logic finally prevail in the battle for the bright minds of young Californians?Will CA legislators finally understand their responsibility to leave the legacy they can be proud of?
The text of proposed Legislation AB 2446 (Furutani) - please, cut/paste into your browser if the link does not act live:
Contact CA Assembly member Mr. Furutani in order to express your opposition to his actions:
CALL TO THE MEMBERS OF CA STATE ASSEMBLY’S APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE TO STRONGLY OPPOSE BILL AB 2446 (by FURUTANI, 55th district)
Dear Members of the Committee on Appropriation:
Due to the devastating consequences, impacting multitude of young and eager to learn children, I (along with many of my colleagues) find it critical to inform you that the Bill AB 2446 (as currently proposed by Mr. Furutani) may NOT be approved under any circumstances.I believe it may be versed with multitude of errors primarily due to the lack of the capacity for the full understanding of the educational value of effective and time-tested “cognitive technology” of Arts and Music Education.
There is no secret that proposed replacement of the “requirement” for the completion of studies in visual and performing arts with a mere “option” will legalize similarly “optional” funding of already greatly undermined educational opportunities for CA public school students, diminishing already incomparably low educational standards.Thus, without stating it openly, proposed legislation AB 2446 irresponsibly and shamelessly aims to decree the elimination of access to already minuscule curriculum in Arts Education for hundreds thousands of children in CA public schools.
MISTAKEN GROUPING OF “APPLES AND ORANGES” IN THE SAME CATEGORY IS PROPOSED TO SERVE AS A LAW: Cognitive abilities that allow to group the subjects into the same category, based on their similarity is usually acquired in early childhood (unless an individual suffers from developmental disorder…)
Contrary, proposed Bill AB 2446 falsely aims to suggest that school subjects that employ completely different intelligences and have nothing in common, such as 1) studies in visual and performing arts (already a group of various distinct subjects), 2) foreign language studies and 3) career technical education – “should” belong to the same category and substitute one another.What can be more obvious than the fact that such grouping has no merit?
ADDING ADDITIONAL COURSES WITHOUT CONSIDERATION OF ALREADY EXISTING FISCAL DEFICIT: Proposed Bill AB 2446 irresponsibly aims to institute additional Career Technical Education (CTE) courses that will require additional significant financial resources ($880,000-$1,500,000) that greatly lack at the moment, due to the current Budget Deficit.
MISTAKEN PROJECTION OF ENROLLMENT IN CTE COURSES:
Despite stated in the initial version figures that show actualsignificantly diminished enrollment in Career Technical Education courses (through the comparison of several past academic year’s data), the Bill AB 2446 mistakenly projects that CTE enrollment would have 3-5% increase in the upcoming years.
If (?)Career Technical Education should be determined to be a good fit to qualify for the High School Diploma in General Education, it mayNOT come at a cost of choosing over the school subjects that are universally considered to be essential and fundamental for general education for relevant reasons.
Additionally, those of us who had the privilege to experience powerful impact of engaging with Music and the Arts practices do not need to be convinced about their great transformational and educational power.I trust that for many of you it is obvious that the Arts Education provides vital balance of rounded whole-brain education (that High School Diploma ought to symbolize), offering unique opportunities to foster higher cognitive mental skills development and enrichment that no other educational discipline can replace.
Although, those leaders of our community who were not lucky enough to have such personal opportunities for acquiring more advanced brain structure that affords natural engagement into the Arts and Music practice, may not be allowed to institute educational policy that robs the next generation of learners of better developmental opportunities. Our community leaders should not disregard widely available multiple research studies, that show that engagement in Music and Arts practices during childhood is not a mere luxury, but contrary the Arts and Music practices are vital evolutionary adaptation that vastly contributed to the survival and evolutionary development of human civilization. And that is why, systematic experiential opportunities, designed in the form of Arts education curriculum, must continue to be actively present in the lives of children, in order to manifest as their own evolutionary acquisition.
Research-informed curriculum policy is the only option that will finally steer CA public schools out of the current crisis, and it must reflect plentiful data that proves that systematic engagement in Arts and Music practice has profoundly positive effect on child’s brain growth and development. (Please, refer for details to educational video “Music Instinct”, produced for PBS by neuroscientist Daniel Levitin and renown musician Bobby McFerrin.)
Advanced mental skills that only Music and the Arts education is capable to afford are the very attributes that are becoming more and more vital, in order for the future workforce to remain competitive in the fast-changing World.That is exactly why the approval of the Bill AB 2446 is simply equal to the hidden betrayal of our country’s vital national interests.
Furthermore, the Arts and Music education is considered to be integral part of “essential educational standards” in most of other developed countries.Due to the stated above reasons, my description of the current landscape of music education during my advocacy-related presentation under auspices of the upcoming 29th World Conference for Int’l Society for Music Education (ISME) in Beijing may be considered to be a joke or a funny anecdote by the prominent colleagues of mine from all over the World. Please, help me avoiding such major embarrassment at the Int’l Forum of ISME, the oldest Int’l Music Education Organization – PLEASE, STRONGLY OPPOSE THE CURRENT VERSION OF BILL AB 2446.
OF OUR URGENT STRIVE TO LIBERATE THE SPIRIT OF J.S.BACH, ALLOWING HIM TO BRING COMFORT TO THE VICTIMS OF OVERWHELMING & HOPELESS INJUSTICE & TO ASSIST HARASSERS IN OVERCOMING MORAL BLIND SPOTS
THE UNEXPECTED & UNCONVENTIONAL SOLUTION TO THE ROOT OF MOST OF BLIND SPOTS OF THE HUMAN MIND &
300 Y.O. FUN & ENTERTAINING LESSONS TO TODAY'S NEUROSCIENTISTS FROM J.S.BACH
Are you a part of the majority of people, who had never heard and don't know of the term EXPRESIVE ARTS AND MUSIC THERAPY, including musicians and artistes? Are you among many of your friends who don't know that it involves VERBAL counseling, as ONLY ONE integral part of the cognitive behavioral therapy, bringing otherwise missing high efficacy to the process?
This approach to self-growth is rooted in FELT SENSE-based practice of self-expression that allows an individual to go back to METAPHORICAL language of conceptual cognition, practiced by all of us during pre-verbial period and then, abandoned...
This is an essential gateway for self-understanding that allows to tap into their own unconscious mind to get informed about what has become invisible and un-sensored in the realm of our own dumbed down and self-repressed pain and other feelings that determine our priorities on various levels, both conscious and unconscious.
Clinical psychology training, based on verbal -only counseling PARADOXICALLY DOES NOT provide the ways for re-patterning of the mental blocks, and does NOT aim to offer the assistance to the arrival of the individual to the FELT SENSE of THE ROOT CAUSES of their trauma either. So the core issues of their trauma never get recognized, addressed and resolved. This paradox is also the outcome of the misfiring evolutionary young brain that is the collection of the parts from various evolutionary periods and their related conflict with one another...
And as the result, most of our blind spots never get merely recognized and so, they remain as unresolved barriers, since no step of repatterning of misfiring synaptic networks from residual trauma takes place, due to the gigantic blind spot in the field of the clinical psychology, both individual and societal?
And that is the core reason for the overwhelming collapse and paralysis of many parts of our society in all realms of it, with too many examples of painful and costly failures and absurdly false outcomes.
So, what can help solve the problem? Why the leaders in the psychology field know about this, and yet do nothing meaningful to prioritize this cognitive fitness issue to be the top priority in the field that is responsible for it? The answer is both simple and complex:
Practitioners of the Expressive Arts therapy know that if a client was exposed to the Arts and music practices during childhood, it is a natural resource they can tap into during the crisis. But if not, it becomes yet another additional obstacle to overcome and may not work just for this absurd reason of lacking arts literacy, and absence of the metaphorical "vocabulary" as the result of the limited access to the Arts for ALL. Indeed, the level of sanity in our society depends on the accessibility of practicing the Arts and music.
It may appear unexpected, but music and the Arts PRACTICE is where the solution for this complexity of our brain is, and it may not be oversimplified any longer in our society. No, the inherited incivility of multitude of the blind spots may not continue to hurt much more and cause more of tremendous losses and suffering. Investment into expanding self-awareness and thus, increasing the level of mental health is obviously a very good yield investment into every part of our society. However, the issue needs and deserves vocal advocacy, since it can be obvious only to those policy makers, who are capable to grasp this obvious reality without oversimplification of the complexity, who possess the type of mindset that includes versatility in conceptual and abstract cognition, along with symphonic vision and polyphonic multitasking. And due to the compound challenges of looming planetary collapse, we may not compromise on this critical requirement of intellectual leadership, since now it determines our sustainability, our very survival.
Only one example of such brain paralysis that results from the societal blind spot that is the outcome of our individual and collective lack of priority to object health hazards of environmental catastrophe that we, the carriers of the human brain had created for ourselves, is due to the fact that we’ve lost our most critical sensory capacity to feel our own pain that should inform us of the hazards on the level of self-preservation instinct, but it no longer does, due to the epidemic of SENSORY DEBILITATION.
[And to begin to understand the depth of this catastrophe, please, watch the documentary STINK! on Netflix re. artificial fragrances (and let me known what do you think of it). Yes, indeed, it will help you and yours in the most critical for your brain manner of protection and prevention of neurotoxins from causing cancers, dementia, diabetes, autism, MS, Parkinson’s , Alzheimer’s, heart, lungs, liver, kidney and multitude of other diseases...]
We, as the society and as individuals had somehow forgotten that Music and the Arts had evolved not as a luxury, but instead, as the ancestral tools for dealing with the deficiencies of the human brain, struggling with evolutionary relics in its structure. Our sense of priorities is directly dependent on our sensory capacity, or rather - it should be, but it NO LONGER is! And without addressing this underlying issue, the problems, associated with the material manifestation of environmental catastrophe won't be prioritized, and thus, the urgent and at times challenging decisions would not have a chance to help us assure sustainable future...
Of course, these prioritizing abilities are critical for the effective leadership capacities, for being prepared and capable to assure sustainability and to facilitate the change. Due to the brain plasticity, we are often ruled by inertia, rolling on and on through the old path of detrimental for us mental patterns. Even individual change is not simple to accomplish. So when it comes to the need to change societal patterns, without intellectually strong, capable of adequate reflection leadership, driven by the balanced brain and symphonic abilities to sense fluid and complex priority system, based on reawakened sensory function, will make the choices of personal and collective sustainability, as determined by the traditional ethics to be more important than any of the corrupt political games. Indeed, no individual with clear priorities for own health and safety would justify getting a legalized bribe in the form of political campaign contributio, since no amount of money can buy their health from many cancers and other above listed illnesses triggered by the cumulative effects environmental hazards, as it is currently routineiy done by the US Congress representative, demonstrating evidence of self-defeat, as the form of localized insanity.
Indeed, to a degree, we all are affected by the experiences of blind spots of our still evolving human brain, and without meaningful strategy to learn from J.S.Bach's lessons through systematic studies and refinement of the provided by him tools for mediating evolutionary relics of the brain development, we can not hope for sustainability of our society. So far there is no viable alternative. The core problem of most mulfunctions could and should be addressed, as the urgent counterpoint to the self-destructive policies and traditions that must seize, with no chance to continue to rule our lives by inertia.
The newly heightened level of existential challenges in our life demands for the capacity for the innovations in all parts of the society. But how can we expect for the changes to manifest in our outer reality, unless we use the strategies that foster critical for us positive changes in our brain? Luckily, the new type of mindset for the sustainable leadership to pursue the goals for the sustainable planetary mindset can be achieved - through applying cognitive technology with the above discussed balancing impact.
The logistical facilitation of the implementation of this transformative strategy in various settings is the key to success, and should be tackled with urgency.
And, when it comes to facilitating the change, Music and the Arts, as the creative "playground" for experimentation and for testing not only the ideas, but also for practicing the actual process of change and increasing the inner capacity to identify the need for change, to facilitate and to engage with the necessary novelty, to commit to new patterns, and to thrive through transformation process, despite the challenges. And Music, one of the most experiential types of the Arts that is most helpful for allowing to experience the sense of changes, can be very effective in such preparatory stage of MODELING THE SENSE OF CHANGE, developing the emotional readiness and helping to identify any emotional hindrances and mental barriers. (Engage with this sing along song "Change Is the Only Constant").
And when it comes to execution of the organizational shift, such as the shift in the institutions that are involved in leading the reforms, the leadership that is capable of change is the key to THE SUSTAINABILITY, and therefore, can not be compromised.
The true intellectual leadership depends on the balanced cognitive function. And luckily, there IS hope to achieve it: Despite the complexity of the problem, it has been solved 300+ years ago by the timeless unsurpassed Genius J.S.Bach, who had provided the toolkit for re-balancing the disrupted by stress and trauma emotional/intellectual balance, critical for optimal cognition and increase mental productivity of the human brain.
However, turning on any J.S.Bach recording and playing it in the background isn't enough yet, although it may appear to be close to the solution. But without knowing how to get involved with his music on a personal level, in the sense of using it as the therapeutic tool for self-mastery, his magic may continue to remain hidden and untapped... J.S.Bach’s Music delivers the container for our authentic engagement by involving into emotionally/intellectually balanced perception, helping to restore its presence after stress and trauma disrupt it, as well as to build the resilience to trauma and stress.
THE PRESSING CURRENT NEED TO OVERCOME THE CONSEQUENCES OF EMOTIONAL WITHHOLDING IN MUSIC, "THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE " FROM EMOTIONAL REPRESSION
Unfortunatel, the majority of the existing recordings of J.S.Bach's music contains dispassionate renditions that harbor cognitive dissonance, due to the intensity of compose's intent, and thus, can not be used effectively for this important task. This is yet another paradoxically absurd institutionalized for centuries blind spot that imprisons J.S.Bach’s music and strips away its power, so it could not be fully harvested for therapeutic and developmental applications:
even the music of this composer, who had risked a lot to oppose emotional withdrawal in music and to unleash its transformative powers, has been subjected to THE EMOTIONAL REPRESION, by creating false educational standards for musicians, forbidding for emotional engagement with the music of the composer who had emphasised it with his compositional tools choices. And many musicians need specialized re-training and coaching to address the long lasting effects of distortive educational standards that had to endure.
That is where the core solution for most of our brain malfunction currently resides. This approach needs tangible resources for collaborative work with brain scientists to observe the processes of calibrating and development, along with longitudinal studies, along with raising public awareness and information dissemination. Despite complexity, the critical for sustainability success of this process will lead to the wave of positive shifts in all parts of the reality. Indeed, we, as the society, can not afford to continue the neglect for prioritizing these matters of using such high efficacy modalities any longer. And, on the apocalyptic mornings with no sunlight due to the thick smoke, we were all reminded of how importwnt it is for our sustainability TO GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM BY SENSORY REAWAKENING, AND TO BE ABLE TO REFRAME OUR PRIORITIES FOR COGNITIVE ADVANCEMENT, BY SENSORY RE-ACTIVATION.
We are lucky to inherit J.S.Bach's music therapy tool kit that allows to embody & to RE-PATTERN complex PTSD of cognitive dissonance. Such blind spots that are caused by malfunctions of our brain, can be addressed by dealing with the misfirings of the parts, conflicting with each other, due to their different evolutionary age (as in Fight-or-Flight instinctive response). Modalities, based on J.S.Bach’s polyphony RESTORE DISRUPTED BY STRESS AND TRAUMA EMOTIONAL/INTELLECTUAL BALANCE THAT IS CRITICAL FOR THE OPTIMAL BRAIN FUNCTION, And through authentic engagement with BOTH complex intellectual structure AND PASSIONATE EMOTIONAL CONTENT, manifestation of HIGH EFFICACY healing impact can be achieved both for self-growth & for counselors’ use in their work with clients.
Dear members of the worldwide family of J.S.Bach's devotees, If you are among a few of those people who is able to grasp the complexity of the issues, please, show support at the time of EXTREME DISTRESS AND HARDSHIP of the inventor and developer of the above unique tool kit that provides the rare hope for Humanity that is currently in a dire hopeless place... thanks to our bran’s instinctive ability to elicit feel good neurotransmitters upon interaction with music.
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It is the critical step for recovering from the global widespread calamity of SENSORY DEBILITATION that derails our ability to make the sound priorities,and thus, is THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE FORCE IN THE FORM OF THE BLIND SPOT AT THE CORE OF ALL ILLS OF EVERY HUMAN BEING'S, REALITY
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