Not necessarily. There are already more young directors entering the profession than there are jobs. Lots of people get into teaching for the wrong reasons.
Let's not blow up the whole system because a few are dissatisfied.
What are the root causes and can we do something to help alleviate that?
I think a more realistic depiction of a director's day and responsibilities outside of teaching music from our general education classes would help. People don't realize the level of STUFF that goes into being a teacher.
Are we too competition focused?
When was the last time you really talked to someone from HISD, DISD, FWISD, EPISD, AISD, or another "inner city" ISD and talked about the difference those directors were making in those kids lives? Or is nearly all of our perception focused 100% towards contest scores and "success?"
I know on my part that there are GREAT directors in many urban ISDs that would be honor band level directors if placed in front of a suburban program with those resources and parent support. We are WAY too focused on UIL, BOA, SMC, and MARCHING BAND to the exclusion of nearly all else.
I know some people say if you don't want to focus on competition than don't, but it's not that simple when admin says they also want that because they see it happening down the street.
Do we not advocate enough for work/life balance?
How many directors under 30 are still single?
How many over 40 are on their second marriage or are just divorced? ABSOLUTELY there is not enough work-life balance.
I've seen plenty of head directors demand their assistants stay because they are still working. The assistants feel trapped. Or staying late on a Friday night because we need to update the music library.
Do we allow the few to make decisions for the majority?
Yes. And any time someone here suggests differently the response is usually "go be a head director somewhere and YOU can make the decisions."
Not everyone has the same resources and it seems the same directors make the decisions based on their needs and programs and everyone goes with it because they are successful so they must know what they are doing. But it doesn't always work for everyone and people don't get a chance to be heard. There are directors out there who get their way at region meetings.
Do we get enough support from FAD's and campus admin or just demands on our time and energy?
Absolutely not. I've met my FAD once, and I'm in a major suburban ISD. I've had ten-twenty minutes of sitdown time with my principal outside of evaluation conferences this year. They're stretched way too thin. That affects their ability to advocate for us and help us. It also adds to the "last minute" stuff because they simply can't keep up with the demands on their time.
I get it, it's a job and we have bosses but at what point can we say "that's not possible" without getting reprimanded. At what point is it ok to say, please give me more notice or time to work on that. Last minute emails demanding things by the end of the day isn't possible when you have a full class load.
I have a personal story about this, but I won't share it here out of respect to all of the other directors involved. But suffice to say "that's not possible" is NEVER what a principal is willing to hear.
To be a bit snarky, on the last minute thing, though - maybe if they're going to treat us like a jukebox, we should act like one. Add money or we don't play.
I may just be venting but it seems some small changes or awareness would benefit a lot of people.