A group of Burbank parents are taking organized action to address the recent BHS mess. They have a new blog about it:
While we’re not too concerned about what a teacher does in their private life, or where they spend their allegedly colorful vacations in Mexico, these parents do bring up some valid issues — although we’re a bit suspicious about the point-by-point writing style being displayed. It seems more than a bit professional, if you know what we mean. That kind of lucidity doesn’t usually come out of Burbank.
Pedagogically speaking, the entire VMA program at Burbank High has been a mess for years. None of this recent tackiness should be a big surprise to anyone. It was built into that whole “Glee!” schtick from the beginning, and if you didn’t see this all coming down Fifth Avenue by the time it hit 42nd Street then it’s partly your fault as well. This includes all of you mindless cheerleaders who are always way too easily pleased by local life. Get a clue, guys.
So what to do. No one’s claiming the students should suddenly start doing a series of Bach cantatas from his first Leipzig cycle as penance, or even a Bob Dylan festival. But the BUSD definitely needs to revamp the entire vocal music program down there so that it includes less sleaze and more substance. Academics, anyone? Remember those?
While we’re on the topic, what actually happened to their band teacher? We’re still asking. All we hear are rumors.
He was way too academically qualified for this position to begin with. So was it pedagogical or personal? Was it some kind of Dave Olson thing?