Change. If what we have seen in terms of change to our schools during the last few years is not enough to convince us that we as choral directors will be faced with a tremendous shift in the way we will look at our jobs. ……consider the following. Did you know?.
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If what we have seen in terms of change to our schools during the last few years is not enough to convince us that we as choral directors will be faced with a tremendous shift in the way we will look at our jobs ...
…there are 1,300 people just like you.
In India, there are 1,100 people just like you.
…is greater than the total population of North America.
In India, it’s the top 28%.
China and India have more honors kids…….
……… than we have kids.
…..China would still have a labor surplus.
…by the age of 38.
……1 out of 4 workers today is employed by a company where they have been working for less than a year.
…the top 10 in-demand jobs for 2010 did not exist in 2004.
…using technologies that have not been invented…
…in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.
……just 107 years ago.
The U.S. is 20th in the world in broadband Internet penetration.
(Luxembourg just passed us).
The U.S. Federal Government spent less than half as much on research and innovation.
…contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.
That’s estimated to be more than in the previous 5,000 years.
…after only two years of study, half of what they learned could be outdated.
…that pushes 10 trillion bits per second down one strand of fiber.
The switches just have to be perfected.
This means that the marginal cost for these improvements is minimal.
By 2023, a $1000 computer will exceed the capabilities of the Human Brain.
…and while technical predictions farther than about 15 years in the future are hard to make…
…predictions are that by 2049, when Abby is 49 years old, a $1000 computer will exceed the computational capacity of the human race.
We better figure out ways to start adapting to the new landscape of education reform, as well as enlarging the percentage of students involved in music education.
– there are no substitutions!!!
between 4 and 10 percent.
Daniel GolemanThe Hay Group and author of Emotional Intelligence
“the ability to make big leaps of thought – resides in people with wide backgrounds, multidisciplinary minds, and a broad spectrum ofexperiences.”Nicolas Negroponte - MIT
While left-brain abilities will remain vital, the ability to be creative, to make use of our right-brain capabilities, will be invaluable in those who originate break-through ideas, make big leaps.
We live in a country no longer worried about survival. We have such an excess that the storage business – a place to keep our extra stuff - is a $17 billon industry, larger than the motion picture industry.
White-collar jobs such as accountants, engineers, computer programmers, medical imaging interpreters that start at $70,000 in the United States can be outsourced to Asia where the quality of work is just as good, maybe even better, for what a counter jockey at Taco Bell earns. It is estimated that the United Kingdom will lose 25,000 IT jobs and as many as 30,000 financial positions to India.
Computers and machines can perform faster, are stronger and don’t get headaches. Computers can write their own programs, make medical diagnosis, handle basic legal matters, and many other tasks that humans now do.
As music educators we can help students “develop their abilities to create artistic and emotional beauty, detect patterns and opportunities and combine seemingly unrelated ideas into novel invention.”
Music educators make these courses available every day.
Many business leaders feel that the MFA – Master of Fine Arts – will replace the MBA as the degree of choice for tomorrow’s corporate world.
If this is true, and the data seems to indicate that it is, what are we doing to reach more of our students with music or other fine arts?
Can a computer do it faster?
Will what I will have to offer, after training, be in demand in an age of abundance?
We have to figure out how we are going to help more of our students be successful in an increasingly competitive world.
To meet the requirements for the new fine arts credit, classes such as guitar, class piano, steel drums, general music education, sound engineering and classes we have yet to invent, will be a part of our music curriculum.
What have we done - music educators - to prepare for the number of students who will need the new fine arts credit?
Are we relying on someone else to explore new music possibilities at our school?
What would it hurt to talk to your principal about offering one new music class in 2008 – or maybe even this fall?
Continuously visiting our purpose and goals and being willing to change is the only long-term way for FVA to continue to be relevant in a shifting educational environment.
We, teachers and the FVA, must be able to articulate why we are relevant – not only in a aesthetic sense – but also in terms of how we will enhance our country’s ability to compete worldwide.
Coming soon to a school near you.
Many are working through their lobbyists to do away with the fine arts credit.
The proposed middle school fine arts credit was defeated in the legislature last year.
FMEA continues to lobby less-than-receptive legislators for the credit.
We are threatened by a proposed new P.E. requirement for our middle schools which has the backing of our governor.
“The wealth of nations and the well-being of individuals now depend on having artists in the room.”
(Daniel Pink, “A Whole New Mind”)
The Florida Vocal Association and each of its members are poised to reach more of our schools’ students than ever before.
“In a world enriched by abundance but disrupted by the automation and outsourcing of white-collar work, everyone, regardless of profession, must cultivate an artistic sensibility.”
Choral directors have to view themselves agents of change at their schools.
The primary purpose of the Florida Vocal Association is to promote and develop interest in choral and general music in our schools.
Perhaps, as an organization, we should look to expand our purpose and set our major goals higher than just administering all-state and mpas.
Maybe we need to start thinking about being an association that helps our member schools do as much as they can to reach all of their students with music.
If we can change our thinking, even a small amount, maybe we can give our students tools for the Conceptual Age.
There will be organizations looking to fill the need for “imagination, joyfulness and social dexterity” -characteristics valuable in the new workplace.
If we starve the problem –“change in our schools and association will be very hard ….”
….and find the solution…
“there are things I can do to bring music to more students every year at my school”
And so will the students…...
…who need what we have to offer them.
We – you have been tasked to provide a full year of Arts education to 100% of the Class of 2011.
What do you think you can do to contribute to these students who will live a world where the future can only be imagined?
What will I do to survive and prosper as a music educator in a world of change?
Change is coming.