Watch schools superintendent smash a violin

Meet Dr. Meria Carstarphen, superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools. She’s the fun-loving person who has cut 18 teaching posts at the Atlanta Public Schools Music Programs, eliminating music from many children’s lives.

Now witness the respect Meria shows for a musical instrument.

Watch the twitter video she has posted here.

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    • “Dr. Carstarphen earned a doctorate in administration, planning and social policy, with a concentration in urban superintendency from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She earned a bachelor of arts in political science and Spanish from Tulane University and master of education degrees from Auburn University and Harvard University. She has also studied at the University of Seville, Spain, and University of Innsbruck, Austria.”

      So, between the Fool Factory and European universities, a lot gets explained.

      • Yes, and according to so many of the commentators at this site (and elsewhere), the answer to our cultural malaise is to provide people like this with even more funds. This is what you will get, folks, this the best of what you will get…

    • The lady smashing a violin could be seen as a gesture of liberating herself from a troubled heritage ( “white male dominated structures in Beethoven” spring to mind ) and moving towards new liberated frontiers where the musical saw finally gets a fair chance next to Bach’s dusty offerings.
      We should welcome academic leaders that reach out to the audience and making the whole experience more relevant.
      Alternatively a more serious approach in debating cultural issues can also produce satisfactory results.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SIzmWolaFw

      • I don’t give one DAMN what you call me, Hlatky.

        They are cheering an idiot woman, breaking a violin. They’re indicted by their own hick behaviour, black, white, yellow or green.

        Now slink back under your bridge.

    • Agreed: whatever the budgetary restraints impose upon a school system, necessitating this or that cut in curriculum offerings, the public destruction of a musical instrument is a kind of secular blasphemy that could only take place in a community that encouraged such philistinism.

      It would be good to hear whether some of the many professional musicians in Atlanta have offered protest over gleeful destruction.

  • It’s a disgrace! Especially people with the power of shaping education should gear in the exact opposite direction: music is FUNDAMENTAL for any person. It simply makes for better human beings. The outrage here is this multi-titled woman (that shows you just how much a title means) cheered up by an audience in disrespecting centuries of culture in a 30 seconds span. Shame on you Mrs. Carstarphen, you are a disgrace to the educational system around the world, not only in Atlanta.
    http://bit.ly/1RJ5Tuu

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