Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00056

Submission Number:
00056
Commenter:
Robert Pendergraft
Organization:
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

The changes that are proposed undermine the educational process. Just as one classroom teacher does not solicit students from another classroom, so too should one music teacher not solicit students from another music teacher. If classrooms operated in this manner, each time a student was unhappy he or she would change teachers. If music studios are run in this manner, each time the student is unhappy or a competing teacher runs a special, the student would change teachers. What this produces is an individual that has lacked the consistency in the educational process to achieve success. So if you are going to impose this on studio teachers, to be consistent you must impose the same regulations on classroom teachers. You will not however impose these restrictions on classroom teachers because to do so would be educationally inappropriate. Therefore, extend the same consideration to music teachers that you extend to classroom teachers. The error lies in viewing that this is a business, however it is no more a business than a school is a business with teachers that have similar objectives. We desire students to succeed. The professional code of MTNA reflects voluntary practices that aid in student success.