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February 17, 2012


Bob Thomas

Thanks for your comment. Of course, nobody forced you to click through to the stories, which did a good job (IMHO) of spotlighting the system in Venezuela. Music education cannot solve all problems of society but "El Sistema" does an amazing amount of good for many of those who participate. Moreover, some of us are Quixotic enough to believe that if every government spent far less on bombs and bullets and far more on instruments and instruction, the world would ultimately become a better place to live.


Dudamel and Abreu are excellent but enough with the El Sistema already. It's now been five years of media carpetbombing. It does some very good things but there are still slums in Venezuela and Caracas is unsafe. The same will be true wherever it is tried. Music education has its limits.

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