Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00130

Submission Number:
00130
Commenter:
Maria Sier
State:
Washington
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

I have been following the bru-ha-ha created by the Federal Trade Commission concerning the item in the Code of Ethics of the Music Teachers' National Association. The MTNA is as association of approximately 22,000 music teachers. Each one of its members is a professional. As such, we must respect other professionals in our area. One of the ways we do this is to avoid "proselytizing" students from other teachers. A Code of Ethics is not a set of rules to be enforced. It is simply one way of educating new and existing members of the proper way to treat their fellow professionals. It should in no way be flagged by a federal organization with as much power as the FTC wields. There is no way in which this could be interpreted as a way to "set prices". Each music teacher is free to set whatever price he or she deems appropriate to their location, level of expertise and years of training and teaching. The Code of Ethics has absolutely nothing to say about teacher fees. To quote the above "Invitation to Comment" "The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices or unfair methods of competition. " In fact, the item which was removed from the Code of Ethics enjoining teachers from "stealing" students, in effect DISCOURAGES teachers from engaging in unfair or deceptive acts or practices or unfair methods of competition. The FTC should be ashamed of itself. I believe that the FTC, as a representative of the Federal Government, is grossly over-extending its jurisdiction over private citizens. That an organization such as the MTNA would even fall within the FTC's radar makes me believe that the FTC is hard up for work. I believe that the FTC should offer an apology to MTNA and its members, reimburse to MTNA any money spent in this frivolous suit, and allow the reinstatement of the item in question back into the Code of Ethics.