Cuts To Vancouver School Board’s Excellent Music Program?

vsb-stringCBC News reports that the Vancouver School Board is cutting elementary school music programs this fall, axing the band program for Grade Five students and eliminating the string program for Grade Four students. I know governments at all levels are struggling to meet all of the demands placed on them by society, but in a province with the highest rate of child poverty in the country, can’t we find a way to maintain these lifelines for children?

What difference does it actually make?