Obviously this is utter sarcasm in the title but if you did not know better and gauged our funding based on what people say... you would think its true. Every time someone starts flappipng their gums off (almost always a fat woman teacher or a mother... and no that is not me being mean, it just ALWAYS seems like that is the case around here), they always cry about music and art not being funded. A few weeks ago in the commercial blitz for the propositions in California, there was a commercial that basically went "We don't need teacher reform and higher standards, we need more money for ART and MUSIC". Now, I started to think about it and I tried to recall as many instances of peopel talking about getting more money and I could not think about anything but "art and music" "art and music" "art and music", ART AND MUSIC Now I thought... ok maybe it is underfunded... who knows.... then came my presentation yesterday on String Theory for a "non-science science class" (shut up, its GE credits). Now, of course its a difficult subject but this wasn't the problem. The class seemed to have absolutely no clue as to how something could be mathematically derived. My professor even had to jump in and try to explain the fact that you can attempt to prove something experimentally and theoretically. Now the class seemed utterly blown away at such a propostorous idea! I have also confirmed through some of my other professors that their students in the introductory physics courses are absolutely dumbfounded at the very idea of science and mathematics. I also think back to high school days and even before that... I can't really believe it. About 1/2 of all the people I know were at some point, in a band/played an instrument/in some sort of special art class/in a play/dance thing... all of which were school funded. Now I'm obviously not including the mandatory ones because hell, even I was in some play back in 4th grade... but it was because the class had to be. I also can remember the size of our bands back in high school and... sheesh! And our school was suppose to be the "science-oriented" high school. To add to all this, the biology and physics classes never seemed to have enough books... And of course, as I said earlier, EVERYONE complains about art and music funding as if science funding is just truckloads of gold and silver bars. Now... is this happening anywhere else or am I living in the twilight zone?