Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00107

Submission Number:
00107
Commenter:
Smith
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

The consent decree requires that the organization, MTNA, "stop declaring unethical" certain trade practices. I say that the proposed order settling the FTC's charges that requires MTNA to stop declaring it unethical for its members to solicit teaching work from other music teachers is in violation of freedom of speech, association and belief. The FTC is in the right to require MTNA to stop restricting from its members to engage in competitive practices. The FTC, Federal Trade Commission, or for the matter, any federal or government body should not determine what is "ethical" or not to any individual or group of individuals, as the identification of an individual or group with certain ethical principles is part of their rights and freedoms as long as the practices do not violate individual rights. The body of moral principles or values governing or distinctive of a particular culture or group, or ethical principles, are the free choice of a group and should be considered as so. The member of a group, which has outlined ethical principles, has for the matter and in fact consented to such ethical principles by freely joining the group. If a member at certain time decides he is not in agreement with such ethical principles, then he is free to remove from the group or remain associated, knowingly that the ethical principles define the culture of the group. In the case of MTNA Code of Ethics, the practices that are outlined as unethical, are not enforced to the members. The Code of Ethics express the beliefs in an ethical behavior, which the members are in agreement with at the time association is enacted. However, the members can and are free to engage in those practices outlined as unethical and their liberties are not violated. If the association and its members who believe such practices are not ethical are not allowed to state them in the Code of Ethics, their freedom of speech and association have been violated. As a fair solution, MTNA should be allowed to state the Code of Ethics with the provisions that declares unethical the practice of solicitation, however adding that there is no member's agreement to not engage in competition practices and that members can fully exercise pro competitive practices, as their right to free trade.