Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00099

Submission Number:
00099
Commenter:
Carrie Clement
State:
Maine
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

“The teacher shall respect the integrity of other teachers’ studios and shall not actively recruit students from another studio.”Such a statement in our code of ethics merely represents good character which we strive for. It is not respectful to seek to take another teacher's students which he or she has labored over and worked diligently to improve and support. The ethic is not binding upon members, rather is stated as the character which we strive to embody. Government interference here simply asserts 1) that ethics do not matter, and 2)that consumers, parents, and students are not smart enough to seek lower prices or better teaching should they desire it. In addition, when teachers support one another, the quality of teaching improves which greatly benefits the consumer. In an atmosphere of cutthroat competition, teachers do not interact and learn from one another, thus undermining the quality of art which is able to be imparted to students. Teachers must respect one another for the benefit of art in general.