With increasing educational budget cuts sweeping the nation, arts education is often one of the first programs to get slashed. Just as ‘Glee’ was airing on Fox Tuesday night, the community of Fowlerville, Michigan announced it would be cutting band and art programs due to budget reductions.
In steps ‘Glee.’
“I actually heard from a guy who worked I think in the public school system somewhere in Washington state and he was like yes, we’re having tons of problems,” Brennan said. “He was like the one thing no one is touching now is Glee Club, which is such a fascinating blow back from this show.”
An elementary school principal in Utah sees ‘Glee’s’ musical message as a way to inspire students to sing, despite the fact that their budget has no place for choir.
“It’s a great teaching opportunity to get two songs and mash them together like they do on the show,” the principal told the Salt Lake Tribute. “It would be an awesome thing to find the right parent who could form a glee club and do some modern music.”
While most prime-time programming is filled with cookie cutter procedural dramas and a seemingly endless number of ‘Law & Order’ spinoffs, all merely teaching kids how to dispose of a dead body, ‘Glee’ has quickly turned into a show advocating for a positive change in America, even while maintaining its cotton candy sweetness.
As President Obama and his family watched the cast of ‘Glee’ perform at the recent White House event, an idea occurred to Falchuck. “I would encourage [the Obamas] to get Congress to mandate it as some kind of a law that everyone in the country has to watch [‘Glee’]. Call it the Glee Reform.”
If that Glee Reform called for arts funding in public schools to be increased across the country, it would certainly have my seal of approval.