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Re: Morning Rehearsals and Free/Reduced Breakfast
Of course standards and expectations are a good thing. Like 1A said, they weren't talking about not having them. The problem I have now is with your statement---perhaps the difference with you being "super poor" and your student's lives today is the fact that maybe you had two parents trying their best to support their family? If that's not the case, then I'm sorry to assume. However, let's just say that it is the case. The kids I teach typically *don't* have two parents in their household. They might not even have one--I've seen many a grandparent, hell, even a few younger great grandparents come through on Open House night. Which, by the way, is the only time that we ever really see many of the people who are "supporting" our kids. I'm not saying they're bad or anything, I'm just saying that for a lot of situations, you need to understand that band (and lord knows I LOVE band,) just isn't in the top, or even mid range of priorities for these families. Maslow's Hierarchy comes to mind when discussing this topic. If our kids are food insecure (1 in 9 Americans are, as of 2018,) and/or they don't have stable home lives (McKinney-Vento anybody?)....It's super easy to generalize things and say "Well if you would just care about band more...." Again, I'm not saying I don't have expectations---I just have empathy and a lot of patience to deal with teaching in this situation.