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Re: Motivating the uncaring
In our society we spend way too much time and too much of our resources and money on kids who are lazy and don't want to learn or do anything. We are leaving behind the top kids and more so, the kids in the middle. My harsh take is to kick them out of band if they don't want to do anything. Their actions are saying, "I don't want to be here." Give them their wish. Out you go. If your administration is weak and doesn't want to change their schedules, don't take them to contest. Get the Grout book and give them a choice between doing some really hard work or straightening up and playing correctly. By voluntarily signing up for band, they agreed to do the work. By not doing the work, they are not upholding their agreement. I have no patience left for lazy do nothing kids and their parents. If you are having trouble playing your instrument I will help you. I will do everything in my power to help you to become better. I do not expect all my kids to be talented, but I do expect them to try and to put out reasonable effort. Bad attitudes and work ethics are a cancer in band. It will spread to other kids. My response may be unpopular, but I'm in the minority who believes that we need to stop coddling lazy kids and making excuses for them. They signed up to be in band. They agreed to do the things that are required to be in band. Do them or get out. It's that simple.