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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000298.txt from 2000/04

From: "martin josephson" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Student motivation (or lack thereof)/ Lame Excuses
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2000 22:51:23 -0400

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Subject: Re: [kl] Student motivation (or lack thereof)/ Lame Excuses

> >
> Your kids didn't get to where they are because you treated their
> commitments frivolously. I don't understand why you defend irresponsible
> parents when you sound like you are a good one yourself.
Well, I was not trying to do that. My point was not so much directed at
that one incident, but what can sound frivolous to you maybe a crisis for a
busy family. Their action might be a reflection of the relative weight of
importance of music in that family's life, and that weighting is their
decision. I have canceled lessons, but always tried to reschedule, because
of conflicts with basketball, soccer, camping trips, etc. I don't like to do
it, but it happens. These cancellations were not frivolous, but it response
to other obligations. I know that my girls teacher think of them as good
students. I think one thing that teachers and coaches some time fail to do
is commit the parents to their kids activities. Give that a try. It goes a
long way.

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