As the 2012/2013 school year comes to a close — as instruments are returned, music archived, graduation ceremonies conducted — and plans for the upcoming year begin to take shape this is always a good time of year to take stock — of where we are, the condition of our programs, our prospects for a new year and ways we may work to improve our programs as well as the environment where our programs exist.
It would be easy to look at all the negative headlines about budget cuts, teacher evaluations, and the general negative tone toward teachers we have all read over the year. However, to focus on these issues would be a mistake. That is because they are not the true measures of the condition of our field or where we are heading.
Instead, I prefer to look at what has been reported over the past 10 days as a more legitimate sign of the future of our field.
Here are some headlines and some backstory about them from just the past two weeks: