Why are so many art programs, music programs, and drama programs being cut across this country? I don’t know if I have the answer, but I do know that these programs are central to child development. They are also essential to our community and our cultural well being. These programs foster critical thinking skills and creative thinking. They enhance student achievement and progress. They develop a student’s awareness of problem-solving and the ability to think “outside of the box”. Yet so many districts across this country look at our programs as secondary. Our programs should be anything but secondary, in fact in my opinion, they should be mandatory for all. Countless studies have supported this position. Yet so many lawmakers remain ignorant. The following video presented is refreshing since it does present a lawmaker who does understand the importance of our programs.