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There is also, from my experience, an attitude of "give someone else a chance" because you already get jobs. When a kid is known or successful, even in local theatre, they seem to think they're not "high school" material. I don't know if it's jealousy or what....believe me, I have waged many "battles" since my kids were little...I think a lot of things are wrong in the public school system, from hours, curriculum, bullying, teacher issues, all sorts of things, etc. The mom who posted first feels more passionately about this particular subject than I do, but I support her. My kids have been lucky to find activities that they enjoy (such as debate team/speech club, badminton, photography and more) I was disappointed that my daughter did not pursue her love of sports, but it was her decision because she did not want to tackle (excuse pun !) the "hierarchy." I would have fought for that one, but it was her call. If the "frustrated mom" and her daughter want to challenge the theater department, go for it !! All I'm saying is that local theater is there for her daughter, and schools do provide many other activities, if she wants to try something else.
Sounds like some of the teachers are jealous of kids who have been cast in outside plays. Makes you wonder . . .I know that in the scheme of things I have nothing to complain about. My daughter has had a pretty amazing high school experience. I was just venting that it is a shame that this seems to happen to so many talented musical theatre kids. I read somewhere that many kids who were on Broadway in Annie couldn't get parts in their school shows. I think people sometimes feel that successful kids don't get hurt. But, as we all know, they have the same feelings as everyone else.
There's lots of politics in sports.It doesn't work that way with sports. The best athlete (pitcher/QB) gets the spot on the team.
I totally agree with you, although, again, as a teacher I see both sides.I think the biggest problem is this: These kids come to high school with a reputation of having a certain level of talent. When they are passed over for roles, for whatever reason, the other kids at the school begin to falsely believe that they weren't so talented afterall. Especially when kids with very little talent beat out the professional kids. My daughter says that it is just embarassing. Only her close group of friends has seen her perform in outside theatre.
The saddest part is that teachers are supposed to inspire kids to follow their dreams. Their job is to seek out those with special talents (whether it is math or science or art) and guide them, mentor them, and support them. There is nothing worse than blowing out the candle in someone's heart.
But, here's the good part: Everyone needs something in life to drive them. And, if my daughter wants this bad enough, she will use this as fuel to succeed.
Here's an example of politics in gymnastics:It doesn't work that way with sports. The best athlete (pitcher/QB) gets the spot on the team.