Re: A Different Problem
Posted by Out in the woods on 6/30/2020, 10:56 am, in reply to "A Different Problem"
Dealing with, basically, the same problem. Small 2A school with a large band (75 in 8-12 out of roughly 230 in grades 8-12). The incoming freshman are an EXTREMELY cliquish group and are very entitled. I knew in October that I'd probably be losing a large majority after this year. They refused to interact with the high schoolers, got mad when they were made to pass off their music, etc. I'm having them drop in droves right now, but honestly, I'm not too upset about it. My band will be the exact same size if not slightly larger without them (I sent out 91 letters and have only had 5 come back with "I'm quitting"), and I'd much rather have kids that want to work given the current school climate. I LOVE sports!!!! Having said that, our athletic programs will suffer; the current freshman have won next to nothing while they were in JH. Meanwhile, we should continue winning sweepstakes. |
My advice is to decide which ones are worth going after and talk to their parents. Ask the parents what THEY want their child to do not what the child wants to do. If they want their kid in band, tell them that as the parent the kid has to follow what the parent says! Then ask to speak to the kids directly. Feel out why they feel the need to quit. Drop the info that you know ("I know that Bobby has been trying to influence you into quitting band.") Use FOMO against them. FOMO is being used by those influencing them to quit, but it just as quickly can be used to get them to stay. Also, use positive peer pressure; get some popular, upperclassmen student leaders to call and try to influence them.