Re: SMC Results Deniers
Posted by Respectfully on 11/15/2022, 2:32 pm, in reply to "Re: SMC Results Deniers"
Covid set band programs back most of a decade, whether you choose to believe it or not. |
Ignoring EVERY OTHER ASPECT of child development right now, focus just on band.
In middle school:
Those kids in your 8th grade program right now? Many of them had a "virtual year" for 6th grade band. Did they learn what they should have?
Was last year a true NV JH band situation, or did kids have a TON of reteaching and relearning to do?
Now look at high school.
Your Seniors have had *most of one* year of a regular band situation - their FRESHMAN year. Freshman year, they went on Forever Spring Break. Sophomore year was Virtual Year. Junior year was last year - and NO ONE would or should claim last year was 100% back to normal. Now they're being expected to be the leaders of programs that they've never seen led outside of their freshman years. The Juniors now have to figure out all that stuff without having the years of development that they should have gotten. The underclassmen are just along for the ride.
To loop back in outside the band hall:
Every child lost, effectively, a year and a half of instruction due to Covid. You can claim "it's not a big deal" all you want but there's a reason the educational community is going insane about "learning loss" and why our national reading scores are the lowest they've been in recorded history right now. It's absolutely a real thing, and not an excuse.
Now multiply that by their mentality and their emotional maturity. Our Seniors have never completed a full REGULAR high school year - since last year was anything but regular for nearly everyone, given all the "devious licks" and other raised-by-iPads-and-TikTok junk that went on all year.
The rest of our high school kids? They act like middle school kids in bigger and older bodies. Current middle school kids act like elementary students. We talk a LOT about how there is a profound lack of maturity across the board in kids these days - the lack of true socialization for a year and a half (or more, in those forever closed districts, as you put it) has severely stunted our students' emotional growth.
So it's not an excuse. It's a reason. It's reality. And the sooner you learn to temper your expectations for what kids are capable of - and it's NOT what they were five years ago - the sooner you'll carry much less frustration with the profession.
And as for "2 or 1 bands going to UIL instead of 4" as you put it - that's exactly what I'm talking about. You're thinking in terms of big schools. What about at the small schools that STARTED WITH ONE BAND going to UIL? How are THEY dealing with it? What about those programs that DID NOT have 300 students? There's a TON more to think about in this state than the top end of 5A/6A.
Stop saying "oh, just teach to the rubric" - those schools that were struggling to achieve success on the rubric ALREADY are drowning now. I pity those inner city directors and medium school counterparts having to enter as Varsity ensembles when they earned that first on-stage first division three or four years ago. The healthiest and largest programs are keeping their heads above water - but from what I saw at SMC, nearly every program lost enrollment and lost quality from three-four-five years ago.
It's going to take time to bring things back to where they were. We're in year 4 of the Pandemic. I fully believe we won't be back to pre-Covid levels of performance as a band community until every kid who was in band during Covid graduates. We've got 5 years to go.