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Today’s music teacher – all the classroom teacher stress, DoE mandates that prevent teaching, unsupportive administrators, and “feisty” parents – plus living with the added threat of cancelling all arts and music programs

Today’s music teacher – all the classroom teacher stress, DoE mandates that prevent teaching, unsupportive administrators, and “feisty” parents – plus living with the added threat of cancelling all arts and music programs

I have to share this today because,,,well, just because its important for you to know that sometimes teachers hands are tied and the system is not always working to your students advantage. Get involved and lets fix this mess!

Lifting the Curtain

The decline in music and arts courses in our schools is shocking. Even the most stressed-out classroom teacher will admit music and arts teachers have it worse than the rest of us.  As we outlined in this post, all too many of those cancellations are based upon false claims that it was a “budget issue,” when the real cause was that the elective time periods are all filled with test prep sessions for the state standardized tests.

Our next submission that has been selected for inclusion in Lifting the Curtain, 2nd edition, is written by an anonymous spouse of a high school band teacher in Florida. Her excellent submission follows this introduction.

Contest deadline: 30 October 2014 (extended to 1 Nov due to HARO posting error)
Contest FAQ: Our Website
Contest results so far: Contest results

In the urban high schools I researched over three years before writing

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. I’m a substitute teacher, and there is soooo much testing and prepping for the testing.
    As a student, I always tested well because I can read and comprehend quickly. Someone who does this more slowly might have just as much knowledge as me, but ends up with a lower score. As an adult I swear that those test measure how fast a student can read and comprehend, not whether they have the knowledge.

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    • Well skinny, you hit the nail on the head! I can see that as a parent with children on each end of the spetrum. This testing holds back tons of students at the lower end and kills their moral as well!

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  2. Happening in Australia too… depressing really. I’m sure this is not what they had in mind way back when education for all was instated. Thanks for following my blog btw.

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