Re: Piggyback on earlier post
Posted by Terminology on 10/31/2019, 12:05 pm, in reply to "Piggyback on earlier post"
While I know what you meant, it helps to get terminology right. Title IX says you can't discriminate based on sex. Title 1 provides extra funding to schools with low-income students. |
I used to teach at a school with a very high income level. I think our overall average was well into 6 figures, and we had a couple of gated communities where you couldn't buy for under half a million. Our fees were VERY high. However, for kids who couldn't afford it (and we had some), there was plenty of help available. I had a couple who had EVERYTHING provided to them - instrument, reeds, marching shoes, even a per diem for meals when we traveled. It's possible to have a great band (and that was a great band), spend a bunch of money (and we did), and still find a way for everyone to participate who wants to.
I was at an Area contest Saturday, and there was only one Title 9 school there (I checked), but that band was by far the largest one on the field. After I thought about it, it occurred to me that the other bands are probably losing kids that can't afford to pay band fees (or the kids don't like the direction of contemporary marching band, which is probably another thread altogether).
This seems to be the opposite of what we're all about as educators. Speaking from my own high school experience, if there had been of fee of almost any amount, I couldn't have been in band. Band saved my life and affected me in a way that enticed me to help affect kids in the same way, not just kids with money. If there's something in this that I'm missing, I'd like to hear it. I don't want our activity to be only for the elite students that already have more advantages, anyway.