Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00197

Submission Number:
00197
Commenter:
Kenneth Drake
Organization:
University of Illinois
State:
Illinois
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

With respect to the proposed consent agreement with Music Teachers National Association, it is impossible n o t to have competition in the teaching field. If the student is dissatisfied with his or her private teacher, that person is free to leave the present teacher and go to another, and this is true in the private studio as well as on the college level. What MTNA has always wanted to promote is being an ethical, decent human being among one's colleagues, which is to say refraining from trying to recruit -- steal -- a student from a colleague's class. It's the Golden Rule -- do unto others as you would have others do unto you. However, the FTC mistakenly regards private music teaching as a cut-throat business. Beyond having a means of making a living, a teacher is first of all a servant, and the student is not the teacher's possession. The impulse behind the consent agreement turns everything upside down. It is truly unfortunate when government meddles in a calling in which it has no knowledge or experience, resulting in a huge waste of time, effort and money. The whole consent agreement is ludicrous.