Flea says taking music education out of schools is ‘child abuse’

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea did not hold much back when giving his opinion on taking music education out of schools.

“It’s child abuse,” Flea said. “It’s just wrong.”

Flea bases those feelings on his own experience.

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“When I was a kid, I was heading for trouble,” he told Rolling Stone. “I was running around in the street, I was robbing, I was breaking into houses, I was doing drugs. I was cutting class and smoking weed – just headed to trouble. And the one thing that kept me together and kept me straight was music. The only reason I even went to school was because I liked playing in the band.”

So what do you think of his comments, and of music education in schools? Weigh in in the comments section below.

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