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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000075.txt from 2002/06

From: "Lacy Schroeder" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Teaching the 'students' of today
Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2002 11:19:01 -0400

I think that's really sad. I agree with Walter's gripe; in comparison,
would you feel safe driving across a bridge that was designed by an
engineer who was awful at math but was given his/her degree beacuse s/he
showed up to class? The bridge may be pleasing to the eye, but is it
structurally sound?

I just can't justify giving someone a degree who doesn't have the
ability to do the job well just because they go to class. I've seen it
happen, and it's the students that will be working with that teacher
that suffer (for example).=20

As far as playing with no professional goals in mind, I'm all for it. We
all need some outlet, and if you can find it, great.=20

I know we've gotten further away from the original aspect of this topic.
Don't we always? :)

My $0.02 worth=20


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Forest E. Aten Jr. []
> Walter,
> Good observations. My recent one year appointment to a Texas=20
> university
> started with a faculty meeting. The 1st topic on the agenda=20
> during that
> meeting was, "student retention". (it was clear that the=20
> administrator meant
> at all/any costs) We won't see much relief in Texas. Last=20
> year 300 public
> school music education jobs went unfilled. (it's a big state)=20
> As long as
> many school districts have a warm body in the=20
> classroom.....administrators
> are happy.
> F. Aten


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