Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00204

Submission Number:
00204
Commenter:
Elizabeth Hasbrouck
State:
Maine
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

To whom it may concern: I recently became certified by the Music Teachers' National Association. This was a rigorous process that I chose to undergo because of MTNA's professional reputation, and what certification through the organization represents. I have been a member of MTNA for almost 10 years. The disputed clause in the MTNA code of ethics never appeared as anti-competitive but as gracious professionalism toward one's colleagues. ("The teacher shall respect the integrity of other teachers’ studios and shall not actively recruit students from another studio") Becoming a member involves agreeing to this clause, but MTNA doesn't police their members' activities. This clause does not prevent a teacher from advertising to other potential students. It merely states that a teacher ought not to try to directly recruit another teacher's students. I fail to see what is objectionable about the disputed clause? Respectfully, Elizabeth Hasbrouck, NCTM