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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000864.txt from 2001/05

From: Nicholas Y Yip <>
Subj: Re: [kl] School Board
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 20:33:02 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: Nicholas Y Yip <>
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 5:02 pm
Subject: Re: [kl] School Board

> Just getting to my messages now. Might be a little late. I am in
> an
> area now, that does not have this problem of eliminating music
> classes,
> yet. In fact, the districts around here are having the trouble of
> controlling the number of students that enter into the music
> programs
> around here. For instance, I know about 4 schools that have about
> 400
> students in the whole program. There are about 5 choirs, 3 wind
> ensembles, 3 jazz bands, and 2-3 music education courses. Each
> class,
> including the music ed courses fill up quickly to about 50 per
> class.
> Some drop out, but still enough that want to be there. The kids
> and LEARN alot from being in these courses. Is it the trips,
> music,
> competitions,teachers? Yes, it is all of the above! However, more
> importantly, the kids are ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING.(including the
> music ed
> courses) There is not one point in classroom that the students are
> not
> actively participating. Not to put these other subjects, but look
> at
> math, english, which are the required courses. They are
> practically
> nothing but, books and rules and occassionally a game. BORING!
> That is
> how the kids describe it. Look at art, music, P.E. and sometimes
> science. They're active subjects. Kids like subjects they can
> participate in. EXCITING, INTERESTING!Does active participation
> cost
> money, no! How is this all done? By the teacher of course! A
> teacher can
> mske the class boring or exciting. They determine the classroom
> atmosphere. Does a good teacher cost money, not in a public
> school! Your
> first problem is finding the right teacher! This teacher, knows
> how to
> make the subject enjoyable, educational, and interesting. They
> will also
> set a good curriculum for the students. Without, this, HELL with
> money,
> the administration and the rest of the faculty. If it cant
> happen,no one
> will support it. The bad teachers are the ones who pull music to
> the
> bottom or out of the curriculum.
> The second problem, lies here with the administration. School
> districts have money! That is a fact! It is how it is handled, is
> the
> problem. Here is the scenerio: There are already bad english and
> math
> teachers out there and more money goes to them, therefore the arts
> and
> all other areas not important to them are gone. Kids then become
> more
> bored of school and end up on the streets on crack, or drinking.
> By the
> way the math and english teachers already suck! The administrators
> have
> money. They just dont know how to handle it. They dont know how to
> hire
> the right teachers. Dont forget we also have non-educatated
> parents out
> there.
> How to solve the problem of getting a good music ed program in
> your
> school? Elimination of a program....hmmm! How bout' this.. Try go
> to the
> school board and try to say them, Instead of funding to math and
> english, how bout surprising some of the classroom teachers by
> paying
> them a visit, how bout replacing bad teachers with good one, how
> bout'
> getting the parents, and having a good student educate them on HOW
> the
> system should work? Hmm.. might be better. Will it happen? LOL
> Correct me if I am wrong. Someone will probably shoot me down!LOL

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