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Re: What did Covid teach us about band, in-school learning, and kids?
It doesn't have to be good SE support from parents. The district can provide those resources if they choose. Quality instruments with quality instruction and quality support (enough staff to lower the student/teacher ratio, master classes, private lessons to some degree) to level that playing field that parents might be doing in those high SES locations. Parents without money can help with boosters, volunteer, and be involved in their child's education just as much as those of more affluent communities. It just takes someone else throwing the financial support behind.
It does take a good instructor in those lower SES areas that can motivate the kids. I have witnessed a lot of times where what you are saying is correct with great kids and home support of those things like lessons and equipment carrying a not so great teacher. And I am a lifelong Socio-Eco Disadvantaged teacher.