Met about the band thing today, and basically we need to find him a tuba somewhere or they are going to make him switch to a different instrument, which he doesn’t want to do. They didn’t seem too interested in discussing strategies to help him participate in band. The band director kept saying, “but if he doesn’t have a tuba to practice…” as if that was his out. This solidifies my theory that he orchestrated the return of the practice tuba to the high school director.
He complained about the needs of “the ensemble” and his “high expectations” – I shut that right down by saying, “This is 6TH GRADE BAND, and you are a TEACHER. He is 12 and he is LEARNING.”
I’m at a loss. This seems cruel to me, especially after listening to the “counselor” reiterate time and time again that there might be other students in the class who are missing out on the opportunity to play tuba because The Boy is playing it… What?? Needless to say, she will never be a part of any meeting I attend again.
Supposedly they are asking around the district to see if anyone has a practice tuba he can use, but I know this will end up in my lap – if he wants to play tuba, I will need to purchase one (no one even rents them).
It’s hard not to be disheartened.