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Our School Marching Bands are a Measure of Equality and Tolerance.
Cindy Marten, School Board Superintendent.
An Educator's Perspective
At a La Jolla Town Community Planning Association meeting, Cindy Marten, San Diego School Superintendent, acting unofficially -- as a Private Citizen with her own thoughts and views--expressed great concern about bands participating in events that were not faith neutral.
Members of the SDCDIG attended a meeting with a local High School Band Director who was quite interested in the idea of neutrality, but, his school receives funds (as do other participating High Schools) from the parade, so he dare not offend his benefactor.
This gave one of our members the idea to create commentary about cooperation and tolerance from the Band perspective.
That in itself, however, is not enough. A better approach, he thought, was to make a video, and ask the schools to submit essays on "Diversity, Tolerance and Inclusiveness." An original music composition and performance by the school music department and narration of the essay by the school drama department, becomes a more powerful statement than just changing the name of a parade. The SDCDIG is really about the big picture and the core meaning of inclusiveness.
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