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Re: Teacher shortage?
Since this the yellow board, I will way in on the band director issue of the teacher shortage. While I agree with 80% of what other have mentioned, I can't help to think how much of the band director shortage is our own fault? While not intentional - looking back over the last 30 years - the amount of time, energy, and money being spent on Marching Band at the HS level has more than quadrupled. Especially the time commitment. Band-tober while a thing, was really only 2 Saturdays in October, 3 for the extreme programs out there. For MS - how many more ensembles are going to contest now vs. even 15 years ago? How do we put things back in a box, and do a little less which might affect burnout is a question I think many have been trying to do for a while. Worth sharing is our Orchestra and Choral colleagues - whose stipends are just a little less in most districts - work way less than band directors. I have no real answers - just adding to the reason why.