At long last, it looks like arts education and its inestimable effect on childhood development might just be getting the attention and funding that it deserves, thanks to a major initiative by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities:
Re-Investing in Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools (the full pdf document is 88 pages, but a shorter summary can be found here)
I've always found it fascinating that the field of national standards and certification in the US music education system is still a wide open field. My money, of course, is on the newly minted Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program (read my previous coverage of this story here).
(Via Elaine Fine)