The Day the Music Died Appeared in HuffPost Education on 11/12/2014 5:04 pm EST
In 1984, the group Huey Lewis and the News scored a hit with the song, "The Heart of Rock and Roll." Besides its driving beat, the song also garnered attention for its lyrics--or at least what people thought they heard that "the heart of rock and roll is in Cleveland." In fact, the lyrics read, "the heart of rock and roll is still beating." Unfortunately in 2014, in both cases the band would be wrong. A controversial measure before the Ohio State Board of Education threatens to seriously lop music and arts instruction in the Buckeye State.
Even as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes its home in the city of Cleveland, the measure before the board may literally cut the musical heart out of Ohio's public schools. This would be a tragedy anywhere, but especially in Ohio, given the state's rich history of contributing to musical innovations through artists, who in many cases were first introduced to music and the arts in the state's public schools.