Paul D. was kind enough to pass along something a teacher friend of his told him. Names and locations have been changed to protect the identity of … ok, not really.
From a teacher…
“As for the teaching thing, I teach grades 3-8 in a K-8 school in [the city]. Basically there is no money, and the building is really shitty and falling apart. Basic things like heat, lighting, water etc. are never quite working right. The administration is completely disorganized. Again basic things like having a calendar, effective communication, having meetings to discuss necessary school issues are just unheard of.
“Also, race is often a factor. It is difficult to gain credibility from the administration, or the parents, and sometimes even the students because I am white. It definitely can be a barrier. So, why do I put up with so much shit? I guess because I really like the students. This school has never had a real music program before and I think it is important that they do….”
“….The kids mostly seem to really liking music class and I am trying to teach enough sightreading / technique etc. to help them be able to continue in music when they leave the school.”